Walker, a nationally renowned author and activist,
officially ended the Universitys celebration
of Womens History Month with a speech on breaking
down societal divisions.
the daughter of author and civil rights activist Alice
Walker and Jewish civil rights lawyer Mel Leventhal,
spoke to a crowd of about 200 in the Cox Auditorium.
said people can sometimes be too willing to accept
divisions within society.
said too many people speak a language of
Credit: JOLIE DUHON / The Daily Reveille
Rebecca Walker, author of "Black, White and Jewish"
and daughter of author Alice Walker, speaks to a large
group of students for Women's History Month Wednesday
evening in the Cox Auditorium.
language is based on defining ourselves as binary opposites
of other people. Until we can create a new language without
that, we cannot get past the divisions in society,
said that these divisions are prevalent through race, gender,
economic class and sexual preference.
said she feels society is in a cycle of unconsciously planting
the seeds of division and expecting to get equality.
type of dualistic thinking has been considered OK because
people are taught that they are not part of a whole,
Walker said. People have to understand that there
is no escape within in the pattern.
reflecting on her bi-racial childhood, she explained how
her experiences with relatives of both races allowed her
to learn about the divisions between them.
also said that until only a few years ago, she thought that
she was an open-minded person.
realized that I had made my mind up about a lot of things
a long time ago, Walker said.
members of the audience said they could not understand Walker
fully agree with her views, but I felt like she talked in
circles sometimes, said Betsy Williamson, an LSU Alumni.
Bellon, a non-matriculating graduate student, said because
most college-aged students have been raised to define themselves
by comparing to others, I think she meant that each person
has to figure out what works for them, Tom Harang,
an English literature senior, said that he thought Walker
understands many different kinds of people.
has seen different sides to the issue and is able to admit
her faults first, Harang said. It should make
other people want to look and themselves a change.
and understanding is a major topic of most of Walkers
works. Her most well-known is her memoir, Black, White,
and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self.
latest anthology is, What Makes a Man: Twenty Writers
Imagine the Future of Masculinity.