By way of Blog of a Bookslut:
"Can anything good come out of Alabama state Rep. Gerald Allen's bill to prohibit state funds from being used to buy books with gay characters or themes? Alice Walker thinks Allen's hate bill presents Alabama with a chance to move forward:
'Do not go backward, Alabama,' Walker said. 'You're on the move; you don't have to go backward. You all know all that was back there was an incredible amount of pain and an incredible amount of confusion.
'Don't let them push you all back, because all of us must live. We must live in dignity and honesty. There's no future back there.'"