Churchill debates actual intellectual, inevitable smack-down occurs (ht Leah)
[Author and Reagan policy advisor Dinesh] D’Souza discussed how the world has progressed and benefited from the influences of Western civilization. According to D’Souza, Western civilization has humanized the world. He noted that while Western civilization participated in slavery, abolitionism is a uniquely Western concept.
“The Chinese had slaves, the Indians had slaves, even the American Indians had slaves before Columbus ever step [sic] foot on this continent. It is not slavery that is Western, it is abolition.”
D’Souza also noted that the idea of human rights and democracy are rooted in the Christian idea that everyone is created equal in God’s eyes and that the West became superior because it advanced science, democracy and capitalism. Buttressing his claim of Western superiority, D’Souza observed that it was the Europeans who sailed to America and not the American Indians who sailed to Europe.“Not all cultures are equal,” D’Souza said.
ProfessorWard] Churchill responded by attacking D’Souza as arrogant and saying that D’Souza’s mind needed to be decolonized. He condemned the West for popularizing the slave trade and the US for breaching its treaties with indigenous nations. He claimed that the West waged a genocidal war against American Indians with weapons and small pox.
Gee, hasn't someone thoroughly debunked that intentional small pox infliction thing? We heard somebody even got fired over it. The name will come to us in a minute or so.