Drunkablog discovers why those three or four books Ward Churchill claims to be writing haven't been published yet: For the past two-and-a-half years, apparently, The Perfesser's been hard at work on a 44-page (13 pages of which are footnotes, of course) rebuttal (pdf) to Ellen Schrecker's examination of his self-inflicted descent into ignominy, which itself is notable more for Schrecker's laughable predictive abilities
"Will the current and, no doubt, future fiscal cutbacks force American faculty members into a defensive stance where they flee from all controversy; or will the passing of the Bush administration and advent of the Obama one encourage them to fight more vigorously for their own freedom of expression and that of their colleagues?"and her rewriting of history
"William Ayers had long since eschewed the violence of his Weather Underground career[...]"
than it is for its weak-tea criticism of The Perfesser, although Schrecker does include a rather prescient quote from the Standing Committee's report re: The Perfesser:
"[...]Professor Churchill is unable, or at least unwilling, to acknowledge legitimate critique. If he is unwilling to acknowledge the critiques, we are pessimistic that he is likely to change his behavior."
Speaking of rewriting, The Perfesser appears to have read a completely different Schrecker essay:
"Hence, it should not be difficult to imagine how stunned I was, upon my first reading of the piece, to find myself depicted as a “long-haired fifty-eight-year-old … who affected a modified Native American style of dress with a beaded headband and dark glasses,” a man who’d “latched on to the Native American cause” from “the fringes of the 1960s left” although “the nature of his [own] identity as a Native American” is “spurious.”"
Nowhere in the copy of Schrecker's essay we've read (to which we've linked above) appear the words "long-haired fifty-eight-year-old" "dark glasses" "fringes of the 1960s left" or "spurious." It's possible that since the version currently available is a "corrected version" of the January 2010 essay (corrected in February 2010), that Schrecker or an AAUP editor removed the personal description that Churchill finds so offensive. If so, that raises the question: Why is The Perfesser just now expressing umbrage at words that disappeared from existence two-and-a-half years ago?
Update: Schrecker's original essay does appear to have mentioned "long-haired"; we noticed that ourselves back in January 2010:
"When one discovers Ward Churchill described as a "lanky, long-haired fifty-eight-year old with movie-star good looks" one might suspect one has stumbled upon some weird academic form of Internet porn—and one would be right."
Speaking of prescient, we made a copy of the original Schrecker essay way back in January 2010, so our lucky readers may now follow along with the original lyrics as they listen to Churchill's emo rendition of Cheech Marin's "I Was Framed!"