Carlos O. Cortes, Chancellor of the District of San Diego College, canceled his investment due to controversy over the keynote speaker at the event, author Alice Walker.
The Cortes ceremony was scheduled for May 31. But controversy has erupted around Walker, a famous writer who is best known for her novels Purple color, who received the Pulitzer Prize in 1983.
Walker is also known (to some) as anti-Semitic. She supported the work of David Icke, a British author who believes that the world is ruled by a secret bondage of people, many of whom are Jews.
In 2017, wrote Walker verse on charges of anti-Semitism.
She denies being anti-Semitic, but says she is a strong supporter of the Palestinian cause.
Cortes did not say what he thought of Walker.
“Over the past few weeks, concerns have been expressed about the political convictions and writings of the Chief Rapporteur of Investigation, Alice Walker,” the statement said. “The best way forward would be to cancel the event altogether. I apologize for the pain caused to any member of our community. The investment scheduled for May 31 will not be held.”