Quotes By Alice Walker
One day, Rudolph P. Byrd, founding director of the ‘James Weldon Johnson Institute’, asked ‘Pulitzer’ Prize-winning author, Alice Walker what similarities do the places Dharamshala (an Indian town) and Gaza share. The question hinted at the trip to Dharamshala’s Tibetan camp that this brilliant writer was supposed to take, after which Walker intended on returning to Gaza. Alice said that both Tibetans and Palestinians have suffered the same fate with regards to their homeland. Their territories have been attacked, homes seized and cultural values destroyed. Both these communities bear the brunt of homelessness and identity crisis. There is no difference between the torture meted out by the Israeli and Chinese governments towards these people.
Apart from the political turmoil that these two coteries have been enduring, they also share an affinity for spirituality, nature, art, music and more importantly agriculture. Thus, it is implied that both the Tibetans and the Palestinians are proud owners of a rich cultural heritage. For Walker, these characteristics are appealing and she says that this is one of the reasons why this activist-writer identifies with both of them. She declares, “Whenever I encounter people who love their olive and fruit trees, their tomatoes, vegetables, and land, the farmer in me joins hands with them. I need no other, more political connection. But this is because of my paganism, no doubt. My belief that nature and we and “God/Goddess” are one and the same.”