Alice Walker’s Terrible Anti-Semitic Poem Felt Personal – to Her and to Me – NY Mag’s Intelligencer

by Nylah Burton

When I first read Alice Walker’s The Color Purple, I leaned into every word, inhaling Celie’s tragic and triumphant story. In Celie, I felt the presence and pain of my female family members brought up in rural Alabama. In Walker’s unflinching descriptions of misogyny, domestic violence, homophobia, and incest, I saw an open accounting of issues buried deep within the larger southern black community — and within my own family…Read more on Intelligencer