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Posted on 02/16/2005 3:17:09 PM PST by PatriotEdition
Churchill: Ward of the State by: Sherrie Gossett, February 15, 2005
Professor (and I use the term with dismay) Ward Churchill [pictured- is having his 15 minutes of fame. The tenured professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado (Boulder) became the object of ire after a controversial essay he authored was brought to light just as he was invited to speak at Hamilton College in New York.
Most people by now have heard that Churchill compared the 9/11 victims to little Eichmanns a reference to German Nazi official Adolf Eichmann who was executed for his role as head of the Gestapo's Jewish section (1939-1945), the figure chiefly responsible for the murder of millions of Jews during World War II. The reference appeared in Churchills provocative essay On the Justice of Roosting Chickens. (The essay has also been expanded into a book.)
A guilty technocratic corps worked the gears of evil capitalism for the murderous and mighty engine of profit he argued. Calling the 9/11 attacks medicinal and a kind of reality therapy, Churchill argued that they could afford the American people a chance to finally do the right thing on their own, without further coaxing.
And what might some of those right things be? Immediate lifting of sanctions against Iraq, and lets see what else? Something I didnt notice media coverage of: hanging. The hanging of major war criminals like Henry Kissinger, Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell, Bill Clinton and George the Elder. Also included would be Nuremberg-style trials for military/corporate personnel and the destruction of our weapons.
The media while focusing on First Amendment issues seemed to miss the foundational picture. That includes writers like Professor Carolyn Baker who wrote a vacuous essay about the New McCarthyism on Campus for Counterpunch.
Churchills little Eichmanns comment alone is clear evidence of a substandard mind and would naturally lead one to investigate Churchills other writings. It turns out, two respected professors have written extensively on Churchills copious fraudulent research. Thomas F. Brown, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas has produced an important analysis entitled The Genocide That Wasnt: Ward Churchills Research Fraud.
The article shreds Churchills fabrication of a genocide: namely he invented a story about the US Army deliberately creating a smallpox epidemic among the Mandan people in 1837 by distributing infected blankets.
The article also notes that Mr. Churchill, by using part of his own research as court testimony, very possibly committed perjury as well which is a felony under Colorado law. (Colorado Revised Statutes, 18-8-503). The triviality of Churchills fabrications come into sharper focus Brown says, when you consider that he originally invented his story of the Mandan genocide in order to evade an indictment that carried a maximum penalty of a $1500 fine and six months in jail.
Professor Brown compares Churchills deliberately falsified versions of events with the historical record and concludes what is obvious from the little Eichmanns comment: Ward Churchill has a difficult relationship with the truth. The number of alleged fabrications is stunning. Brown called the magnitude of Churchills fraud, perhaps the most scandalous abuse of the academys norms and the ultimate sin among scholars.
At the time of Browns onslaught, Churchills credibility had already been shredded by John P. LaVelle writing in the pages of Wicazo Sa Review. LaVelle is Associate Professor of Law at the University of New Mexico School of Law.
That extensive article The General Allotment Act Eligibility Hoax" charges Churchill with embracing and propagating false and misleading information about the field of Indian law and the sovereign rights of Indians.
American anarchist Bob Black also skewered Churchills credibility in a detailed essay, Up Sand Creek Without a Paddle. He assails Churchills bigoted and bogus scholarship, and asks how this hustler has been able to pass off his racist fantasies as scholarship and gain tenure at UC. He has no PhD and reportedly cant get published in even the most mediocre academic journals, so he sticks with leftist or racialist nationalist periodicals.
Churchill gets flown all over the country to address audiences of white leftists who pay him to guilt-trip them. How sweet the pain! writes Black. Professor Brown explains that In Indian activist circles, prestige and legitimacy often accrue to those who most successfully express an oppositional identity. Which reminds us, the University of Colorado media relations people did not return our phone call yet asking whether its true the university investigated Churchills Indian identity claims ten years ago.
Hes a New Left/New Age ersatz Indian, who might have a dream catcher hanging over his bed, but is just a well-funded pale face who is a Red racist but not a red man Black says. Indeed, this injun of profit has parlayed his Indian-ness into a gig raking in close to $100,000 working for the same evil capitalist American government he condemned 9/11 victims for supporting.
Sherrie Gossett is the associate editor of Accuracy in Media.
I kind of side along with Rush on this one. Let the moron say whatever he wants. It is only hurting the leftwingers even more and pushing them way way to the left of mainstream America.
Guys like Churchill him give the liberals a very bad name.
Keep talkin' - jerk!
Churchill: State of the (Mental) Ward
Let him rant.
Guys like Churchill him give the liberals a very bad name.
It can only get worse. The only thing about this maggot I cannot let go of, is his influence on young, impressionable minds. That part makes me want to see him hanging from a tree....the rest, let him rave.
Can`t say I ever met an Cherokee named Ward. Or a Cherokee named Churchill. Like Steven Wright once said; He was once on a plane sitting next to a beautiful blonde with tremendous breasts. When he asked her what kind of men she liked, she said she loved Jewish cowboys, at which Steven said; "Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Bucky Goldstein". Ward Churchill is about as believable.
I agree there. I just hope most young people realize what a moron this guy is. I remember in college having a liberal sociology professor (though not as radical as this slug), but I did sort of almost fall for his insanity.
One time, he made us all watch a movie about a world where homosexuality was dominant and heterosexuals were far and in between. All the heterosexuals were walking around feeling blue and leftout. It was supposed to give us that "How would you feel if you were in the minority" feeling. What a joke it was. I remember sitting there wondering "well, how would more babies be born and how would culture survive if 95% of the world's population was homosexuals?"
I didn't dare ask. Looking back now, I would give anything to sit in that classroom again! There's just so much more I would have said to that moron!
He is being used to make Howard Dean sound reasonable
He claimed to be 1/16th Cherokee, meaning his name could be just about anything. My grandfather was 1/4 Cherokee, and had a French name.
There's a competing story. ;^)
Beware to whom the justice of the chickens comes home to roost Ward, for the chickens may be coming home to roost for thee.
And as a fringe benefit, we have phony Republicans demonstrating in support of the phoney Native Americam and then getting outted in the media
He doesn`t claim to be 1/16th Cherokee. He only mentions that he is Cherokee. Every biography I read on this guy only mentions him as Cherokee. If he was 100% Cherokee then it would be impossible for him to have the name Churchill. Look, here`s some if you don`t believe me. Here`s some random bios of him I just found on the net.
From a Native Son: Conquest and Colonization in the Americas
Ward Churchill (Keetoowah Band Cherokee) is one of the most outspoken of Native American activists and scholars in North America and a leading analyst of indigenous issues. He is a Professor of Ethnic Studies and Coordinator of American Indian Studies at the University of Colorado. Churchill serves as Associate Director of the Center for Studies of Ethnicity and Race in America at the institution. He is also co-director of the Colorado chapter of the American Indian Movement and vice chair of the American Indian Anti-Defamation Council.
Ward Churchill is perhaps one of the most provocative thinkers around. A Creek and enrolled Keetoowah Band Cherokee, Churchill is a longtime Native rights activist. He has been heavily involved in the American Indian Movement and the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee.
He has also claimed to be 3/16th Cherokee and, if I'm not mistaken, 3/16th some other background at various times. He can't seem to keep his story straight. I have no problem with his name, only with his changing life 'history'.
He only claimed that AFTER the truth about him came out. The only thing he has is a bunch of complaints to the college from tribes he's claimed to be a member of and an ASSOCIATE membership in one tribe of the Cherokee nation, which is akin to having an ASSOCIATE membership at the local firehall.
I had heard that specific figure either in news accounts or on some talk radio show (Glenn Beck? Rush?). I do wonder about the reports that the tribal council contradicts his claim, since they don't have any records on him--I really don't expect them to have records on every 1/umpteenth Cherokee out there (I'd be very surprised to find they had records on me). Yes, I am aware a 100% Cherokee would probably have a more Indian sounding name.
The bios you posted, the second one in particular, sound like they come from some leftist sites. Since they don't mention his exact fraction of Cherokee, it sounds like they're trying to emphasize his "Indian-ness," probably at his request. Sounds like white liberal guilt to me (on his part).
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