Rebecca Walker and the Fruits of Feminism

Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple, is a legendary icon of the feminist movement.

Her daughter, Rebecca Walker, tells a sad tale on the effects of her mother’s religion ideology,

How my mother’s fanatical views tore us apart

A sample,

The other day I was vacuuming when my son came bounding into the room. ‘Mummy, Mummy, let me help,’ he cried. His little hands were grabbing me around the knees and his huge brown eyes were looking up at me. I was overwhelmed by a huge surge of happiness.

I love the way his head nestles in the crook of my neck. I love the way his face falls into a mask of eager concentration when I help him learn the alphabet. But most of all, I simply love hearing his little voice calling: ‘Mummy, Mummy.’

It reminds me of just how blessed I am. The truth is that I very nearly missed out on becoming a mother – thanks to being brought up by a rabid feminist who thought motherhood was about the worst thing that could happen to a woman.

You see, my mum taught me that children enslave women. I grew up believing that children are millstones around your neck, and the idea that motherhood can make you blissfully happy is a complete fairytale.

The rest of the piece gets more heart-breaking. Is this the end result of feminism or only the rabid sort?

3 Responses to Rebecca Walker and the Fruits of Feminism

  1. Job says:

    Let me say that “The Color Purple” had a HUGE cultural effect in the black community. As a black male, I always hated the grotesque misandry in Spielberg movie. (I am told that the book, which I have never read, is somewhat more charitable in its depictions of males, which trust me is not saying much.) The thing is that it is not limited to Alice Walker: for quite awhile those in power in the publishing and literary circles have promoted black feminists who paint absolutely grotesque pictures of black manhood. Meanwhile, the only black male fiction authors are homosexual! So, you have both feminist females and homosexual males viciously attacking heterosexual black males. So … even when I was in my black nationalist Afrocentric phase in college, I read absolutely no black fiction. (Prior to college, I shunned the genre because I was appalled at its frequent use of contemporary black vernacular as opposed to proper English.)

    The worst part was how the mainstream media and the academic community did all they could to keep us little colored boys and girls who were brought up to revere Walker and her work from knowing what an absolute fanatic with dangerous ideas she was. Even when a few brave black souls began objecting to the evil portrayal of black males in “The Color Purple”, the media protected Walker by uncritically reporting her claim to have written the book after her very painful divorce from a white man. They did not tell us that her other books and short stories depicted black males in a similar fashion (a fact that I found out for myself when forced to read some of them in college, and I do mean FORCED), and that she did so because her evil feminist views caused her to honestly view men in such a fashion, and obviously greatly contributed to her divorce in the first place.

    A discourse on liberal racism could be written on the practice of the literary community’s advancing black feminist and homosexual authors while allowing the heterosexual black male viewpoint to only be represented by such fools as gangsta rappers (by the way not all of whom are heterosexual … it is a dirty little secret that no one talks about). By propping these folks up to rant against black males, it actually allows them to avoid talking directly about white racism. It is merely only “understood” that the social conditions created by white racism are the root cause of the evil of black men. Sure, fine, whatever, but all you see in these books – and in the movies adapted from them – are caricatures of evil black manhood that actually exceed anything that “Birth of A Nation”, “Gone With The Wind”, etc. would have ever presented, because quite frankly they had no need to! But it is easier to promote books that bash black men and call it feminism than it is to put out books that discuss white racism in an honest way. That is liberal hypocrisy: they claim to care about racism, but have no real interest in discussing it in any serious way. They would much rather promote books and movies that depict black males as rapists and child molesters than books dealing with, say, the horrors of slavery and African colonialism. Even the few books and movies that deal with segregation tend to be primarily about the good white liberals that rode in on their white horses to advocate for and save the simple black folk, i.e. “To Kill A Mockingbird” (which by the way was also a very much less than dignified depiction of black males that very much suited the paternalistic attitude of white liberals).

    But of course, for such a “liberal racism” treatise on the literary and movie industry’s treatment of black men to be done, you would first have to find a conservative that cares enough about the plight of black males to write it, another that does so enough to publish it, and for those two to somehow wind up in the same place at the same time. Do not hold your breath waiting for that to happen ….

  2. Laz says:

    Hey Job good to hear from you, it’s been a while.

    even when I was in my black nationalist Afrocentric phase in college

    Is this a common occurrence?

    Do not hold your breath waiting for that to happen ….

    Perhaps said conservative can come from the Church. Then of course, much work will have to be done to shatter the perception and perhaps its foundational reality that the most segregated time in America is on Sunday morning.

  3. Mursam says:

    “Is this the end result of feminism or only the rabid sort?”
    This is the end result of a fanatic and a bad parent. The feminist mother was clearly extreme in her views and this extremism made her a bad mother.
    However it was her extremism that did this not here own views.
    Any extremist will make a bad parent, not just a liberal

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