Credit: Jessica Combs
AWARD WINNING AUTHOR: Rebecca Walker wrote
best-seller Black, White and Jewish: Autobiography
of a Shifting Self.
Wednesday March 30, noted author and activist Rebecca
Walker visited the Rollins campus for a talk and discussion
with students in the Bush Auditorium.
Walker is the author of the award-winning bestseller Black,
White and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self, as well
as other works, and the cofounder of the Third Way Foundation,
which on Ms. Walker's website calls itself "the only
national, activist, philanthropic organization serving women
aged 15-30". Ms. Walker's talk focused on the 'divisiveness'
she sees in our society and her desire for people to be
Ms. Walker's talk itself was relatively brief, she only
spoke for about 30 minutes; she covered a wide swath of
territory with her words. She began by criticizing the "zealots
influencing the very core of our government" and continued
to say that conservatives control both houses of Congress,
the White House, the FCC, radio, print news and TV.
she did at times sprinkle in critiques of the political
left, much of her talk seemed to be inspired by a dislike
for the direction of the country and those who Ms. Walker
holds responsible for that direction. Ms. Walker warned
that "Here is what we are dealing with: chaotic circumstances
that we find ourselves in today disguised as forward motion
are tinged with the potential for total annihilation"
overriding theme to Ms. Walker's talk and the subsequent
discussion with audience members was Ms. Walker's desire
to change the dialogue in this country. She spoke of a time
in the past where "Public intellectuals required to
listen and not just speak", along with her constant
theme of divisiveness that she mentioned throughout the
evening. Ms. Walker talked of what happens today will influence
what happens tomorrow and she hopes that a new feeling of
openness will overtake the current divisive status of our
culture. She even when so far as to correct a questioner
during the Q&A, pointing out that the very question
being asked was a result of divisive thinking.
Walker provided some insight into what she means when she
says she wants more openness; she talked of fulfilling the
promise of life, liberty and happiness. She wondered "Why
have we failed? Why have we been unable to manifest what
we say we want for generation after generation?" and
concluded that by striving for openness over divisiveness
today we can change things for tomorrow.