[But] Churchill denies the allegations, saying he's the target of a right-wing attack.
The tenured ethnic studies professor said Thursday that he will respond by explaining "in detail why the allegations are not simply false but transparently pretextual."
Opponents to Churchill's Monterey Bay visit Monday plan candlelight vigil
Radio host sues Churchill supporter for defamation
"Some people only know about him (Churchill) because a couple of right-wing crackpots are trying to discredit him," [CSUMB student Vito] Triglia [who organized the speaking event] said. "His books are assigned reading in several classes."
Denver's Columbus Day Parade this year may be more eventful than in the past thanks to Churchill's past opposition
"We're going to do a parade," promises George Vendegnia, spokesman for the Columbus Day Parade Committee. "There's a lot of interest this year; people are just tired of this. It's awful funny that these guys are bringing up the First Amendment now. It's our First Amendment right to have a Columbus Day Parade, and the name will never change.
"I should send Ward Churchill a thank-you letter."
Have a Yearn to Learn?
CU's Ethnic Studies department recently announced the summer schedule. These classes are open to continuing education students (the general community) as well as to registered CU students. We've heard that if you are 55 or older, you can even audit the class. If you have a yearn to learn, or perhaps just want to hear the great Ward Churchill holding forth, check these classes out (those classes in red are taught by Churchill):
I. Ethnic Studies
ETHN 3010...........3 ........TPC-THE COLOR OF TERROR...............
.M........001.......45419 .........1215PM-0330PM ...........MTWRF .....KTCH120 ...........N SAITO .............................25
ETHN 3100...........3 ........TPC-SCREENING RACE
.A.........100.......45179 .........0230PM-0510PM ...........TWR ..........MCOLW100.......AJ ALDAMA ......................35’
3 ........SELECTED TPCS/ETHNIC STU
.B.........200.......42386 .........0230PM-0405PM ...........MTWRF .....CLRE104........................................................35
II. Afro-American Studies
BLST 2437 ......3 ........AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY.............SAME AS HIST 2437.
M........001.......45243 .........1215PM-0330PM ...........MTWRF.....HLMS137 ..........E LOVE ...............................10
BLST 4670 ........3 ........SIXTIES:CRIT BLACK VIEWS .................RESTRICTED TO JRS/SRS.
B.........200.......40451 .........0915AM-1050AM ..........MTWRF .....KTCH120 ...........WM KING ..........................25
III. American Indian Studies
AIST 1125 .........3 ........NONWEST CULT-HOPI/NAVAJO ...........SAME AS ANTH 1120.
A.........100.......40027 .........0915AM-1050AM ..........MTWRF .....HALE240 ...........DE WALKER.......................15
AIST 2015 .........3 ........TOPICAL ISS/NATIVE N.A.
M........001.......40028 .........1215PM-0330PM ...........MTWRF.....KTCH235 ...........W CHURCHILL...................25
A.........100.......40029 .........0230PM-0405PM ...........MTWRF .....F A N185............W CHURCHILL...................25
CU's Ethnic Studies Dept. Issues 'Open Letter'
CU's Ethnic Studies department has issued an 'Open Letter' (pdf file) to the Board of Regents, lame-duck CU president Betsy Hoffman, and CU interim chancellor Phil DeStefano criticizing what it considers the CU administration's lack of support for the Ethnic Studies department and arguing for the continued existance of the department. According to the pamphlet, two unnamed department members were not present when the 'Open Letter' was developed and adopted.
"Despite repeated requests, the University has offered no public defense of the Department, given no support to the already overworked staff, and provided no additional security in the face of threats to students, staff, and faculty."
The 'Open Letter' also contains numerous email examples of 'racism and intolerance' (including email addresses) Churchill and other department members have received over the past three months. Many of the emails are relatively tame, but some do show that idiocy knows no political philosophy.
To: Ward Churchill
I don't give a F^5#. ME AND YOU, MY MAN. LETS GET IT ON. THERE WILL BE NO HATCHETT BURYING. F$*# THE SPELLING, CHEROKEE WANT TO BE.[...]
But other emails seem almost reasonable, and perhaps to the Ethnic Studies department, more threatening:
To: Ward Churchill
The proper response to . . . "Chief" Ward Churchill is to shut down the ethnic studies department entirely . . . it has no legitimate function, but instead is merely a forum for disaffected pseudo-intellectuals who use the mask of ethnicity to disguise their own personal dysfunctionality. . . How about getting real jobs instead of leeching off the taxpayers with your pc thuggery?
Excellent survey of Churchill's descent into absurdity
What evidence does [Churchill] have that America is fascist? Radar-gun cops, military-style uniforms on UPS truck drivers, the alleged assault on ethnic studies and “queer studies” programs, McCarthyism, corporate ownership of America, regimentation, self-entitlement, and a new world order. Of course America supports oppressive Israel against the Palestinians. He denounced smoking bans. The authorities are looking for “places to put people.” Pretty inept fascism, it seems.
When a questioner noted that Bush had been elected, Churchill broke out in “Deutschland, Deutschland Ueber Alles.” Claiming to be a rule of law conservative, he believes that all should do unto others and that the Declaration of Independence should be used to dissolve the current government.
Good essay from Rossputin on the difference between real 'academic freedom' and whatever it is that Churchill claims is academic freedom
OT: Tenured professor 'Jihad Jane' getting some unwelcome attention
Churchill given two weeks to respond to initial investigation committee's questions on racial heritage, plagiarism
'Four Directions-style' rally/march draws less than huge crowd at CU. Our reporter on the scene said speakers and media nearly outnumbered the rally attendees.
Former Churchill co-worker says he will provide Misconduct Committee today with fresh evidence of fraud, but accuser has been accused of threatening murder himself (ht: anidohi_2005)
Out of Context, Nonviolent Churchill Quote of the Day:
"[I]f you actually want to engage in street confrontations as part of a further building trajectory, you might want to ditch the uniforms and stop self-identifying as somebody the police want to neutralize immediately. Unmask yourself, put on a phony beard, or a clean shave."
If you're despondent that Churchill is not getting the recognition he deserves, you can amble over to Backbonecampaign.org (sponsored by any number of progressive organizations), and add your support for him--he's a nominee for Secretary of the Interior. Just don't get your hopes up--Robert Kennedy Jr., Al Gore, and Wilma Mankiller have hefty leads (ht: Steve)
Churchill rehashes screed Monday at Claremont Colleges
Churchill, current wife to join CU marchers in opposition to bad stuff
OT: Professor has student banned from class for poem
[Hank] Brown said the potential ethnicity investigation — thought to be unprecedented in American academia — should not be dismissed as too touchy.
"Certainly someone's integrity and honesty are part of what you look at in terms of serving on the faculty," he said. "While it's a difficult area ... I think it's one that they should not ignore."
Churchill to speak at CalState Monterey Bay May 2
Professor: UC Berkeley is 'so conservative students have no choice but to rebel'
The newest complaint to surface involves former staff member Mary Curran, who wrote a note to Regent Tom Lucero detailing her 1993 experience. She said that she asked Churchill to shut his office door while smoking and that she shut the door when Churchill wouldn't. She wrote that Churchill "proceeded to chase me all the way up to the second floor screaming obscenities at me."
Both she and Churchill talked to police - with Churchill alleging Curran nearly broke his door - but police said there was no criminal conduct.
Hawaii U students try to shout down Horowitz
Many of the same campus leftists who had so urgently proclaimed the importance of defending Churchill's right to call some of the 3,000 murdered on 9-11 "Little Eichmanns" came to the Horowitz‚ event armed with signs reading "No free speech for fascists."
Several attempted to shout down Horowitz' presentation, but were themselves shouted down by an audience determined to hear what Horowitz had to say without interruption. The presence of several campus security officers was an additional deterrent.
What a tangled web we weave...
The CU College Republicans have a photo essay of "Republicans for Churchill" present at a number of campus events who turn out to be, surprise surprise, registered democrats
A Challenge to Ward
Here is an interesting sidebar published in the Fall 1984 issue of Covert Action (our thanks to Paul Wolf for the image) wherein Ward Churchill challenges the various staff members of Soldier of Fortune magazine to make public their DD-214 forms (this is the official document all servicemen receive upon their discharge from the US armed forces):
We at PirateBallerina wish to make the same challenge to Ward Churchill: Make your entire DD-214 available for public review. If it shows you earned the CIB, we'll buy you a new beret.
Excellent opinion piece at the libertarian antiwar.com: Don't silence Ward Churchill – sack him (tip o'the PB beret to SgtSnorkel for the link)
Churchill is not the answer to getting university students to think critically about American foreign policy; a rigorous, unpoliticized, liberal education that teaches law, history, philosophy, and literature is. This was once a tradition on American campuses. The tradition is dead. Its killers – Churchill and company – are at large in the ideology-driven, unscholarly covens across America's campuses, where they indoctrinate rather than educate.
Where are those 200 professors who protested the 'denial of Ward Churchill's free speech'?
School Threatened with Suit for Hampering Pro-Life Group's Abortion Exhibit
Truth Dowser identifies Ethnic Studies' raison d'être (in commenting on a former Colorado Governor Richard D. Lamm editorial on racism and cultural failure):
Tapping unique new sources of racism is very rewarding, as it brings such things as grants, endowments, tenures, and mandatory student fees. It is thus only natural that liberals find racism everywhere they look for it. Racism-dowsing turns an obscene profit when every well drilled is a gusher.
As luck would have it everyone is a racist, as they teach you in college so it must be true, just as every obstetrician is a rapist, every man save the eunuch a violent abuser of women, and every liberal who fights these injustices entitled to whatever rent-collection they can get their hands on — err, to continue the fight against racism, of course.
Liberals don’t want racism solved any more than they wanted the oil-for-food program stopped. It’s generating too much revenue.
Let me put it to you this way: if I were going to write a book about whether or not owners of German Shepherds were racists, do you think its title would be, “German Shepherd Owners: Not Really All That Bad”, or “German Shepherds And Their Masters: Neo-Fascist Canine Projection”? Hint: if I don’t find any racism, I don’t get any money.
Wendy McElroy has the right take on academic reform: Privatize
Freedom of speech in the private sphere means that you have the right to express yourself at your own expense. But everyone is forced to pay for the UNH campus and, so, everyone should have an equal right to speak. That's the theory.
But implementing this theory is an impossibility. A podium is a limited good that must be 'assigned' by authorities. At UNH and on most campuses, a handful of authorities have adopted policies that censure expression that is discriminatory, "hate-speech," or otherwise offensive. This often means nothing more than speech of which they do not approve.
In short, even if unlimited access to scarce podiums were possible, the authorities would not permit it. This is the contradiction inherent in trying to reconcile the terms 'free speech' and 'tax funding.'
The solution is simple: privatize. Just as Huffman's conservative paper is privately funded so, too, should scissor-wielding feminists be forced to finance their own pro-castration agenda.
That would be freedom of speech. That would constitute the exercise of First Amendment rights.
We've updated our exclusive Churchill genealogy to reflect new information. We discovered an error in one of the names on Churchill's maternal ancestry, which--upon correction--allowed us to connect that lineage to Joshua Tyner, from whom Churchill claims he received his fractional Indian blood. Unfortunately, history reveals (as the Rocky Mountain News has already noted) that Tyner was white. Churchill has alternately indicated Indian descent from a Ruben Tyner (footnote 46), but we have found, to date, no connection.
Additionally, we've improved our PDF version of the genealogy, which you can find here
For the serious researchers, here it is the genealogy in FTW format (Family Tree Maker) and the ever-popular GEDCOM format
As noted before, great care and effort has gone into the preparation and updating of this genealogy, but mistakes can happen. We invite commentary and input from genealogical researchers. Please report all errors/corrections in the genealogy to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Humble and Modest...
John Martin over at Drunkablog has posted an in-depth interview with yours truly today, and I must say--humbly and modestly--it's a pretty well-done interview. It was fun to do, and I'm embarrassingly proud he chose me.
Jim Paine started his blog Pirate Ballerina only in February, but almost immediately he was being linked by some of the biggest-name bloggers out there, including Michelle Malkin (just yesterday, in fact), Instapundit and Little Green Footballs. Why such quick notice? Since he started his blog, Paine has focused exclusively on the man many Americans love to hate, and love to read about even more: the plagiarizing, data- and heritage-faking, woman-threatening, art-thieving, revolutionary attitude-posing University of Colorado Professor of Ethnic Studies, Ward Churchill.
So we’re talkin’ your basic all-American here, with maybe a little Freddy Krueger thrown in to liven things up. I talked to Paine via the magic of e-mail about Ward Churchill and those who defend him, how Churchill is a symptom of the anti-American orientation of ethnic studies departments, and, well, the horror of horror writing.
What to call him... Poseur? Fraud? Any word seems too urbane. Now Human Events' Mac Johnson discovers the perfect nomenclature:
Ward Churchill, Ethnic Drag Queen
Polipundit asks us to 'Compare and Contrast'
The article goes on to profile the case of Thomas Klocek, adjunct professor at DePaul University’s School of New Learning, who lost his 14-year teaching position over an argument he had with two Palestinian advocacy groups during a 'student activities fair' in the cafeteria.
Ultra-left lunatic professor Ward Churchill, who called the victims of 9-11 “little Eichmanns,” goes around the country making speeches for thousands of dollars a pop. He is still a professor, of course.
By contrast, professors who make non-PC remarks that are patently true can get into deep trouble[...]
The Denver Post's Diane Carman tugs on 'SuperHank's cape'
The announcement that former U.S. Sen. Hank Brown will become president of the University of Colorado in August has produced effusive praise across the state. The governor, state legislators and editorial writers have gushed over the selection of the former president of the University of Northern Colorado and all-around nice guy.
Expectations are in the stratosphere.
It's as if the mild-mannered Brown is about to slip into a red cape and some blue tights and, faster than a speeding bullet, rescue CU from its 18-month- long public relations free-fall.
It would be nice.
We just discovered the excellent website Education Watch, one of many by a prolific Aussie high school and university teacher, John J. Ray
Every year about this time, high school students get letters of admission — or rejection — from colleges around the country. The saddest part of this process is not their rejections but the assumption by some students that they were rejected because they just didn't measure up to the high standards of Ivy U. or their flagship state university. The cold fact is that objective admissions standards are seldom decisive at most colleges. The admissions process is so shot through with fads and unsubstantiated assumptions that it is more like voodoo than anything else.
A student who did not get admitted to Ivy U. may be a better student than some — or even most — of those who did. Admissions officials love to believe that they can spot all sorts of intangibles that outweigh test scores and grade-point averages. Such notions are hardly surprising in people who pay no price for being wrong. All sorts of self-indulgences are possible when people are unaccountable, whether they be college admissions officials, parole boards, planning commissions or copy-editors.
Correction: the above-quoted material we attribute to John J. Ray is actually from an editorial written by townhall.com's Thomas Sowell. Mr. Ray was not plagiarizing; the error was entirely ours (we failed to see the "source" link at the foot of the posting). Our apologies to Mssrs. Ray and Sowell (and thanks to alert reader Doug Milligan for pointing out the error).
The Hawaii Reporter on campus speech codes
The cost of political correctness is not so much that students become ideologically warped or anti-American for life. Indeed college graduates are marginally more likely to be Republican than Democrat and significantly more likely to be independent. Rather it is the opportunity lost for learning through the disciplined application of reason and evidence. Instead students often focus on gaming the system. Douthat (2005) describes his own experience at Harvard. One of his illustrations concerned the requirement to write a 10-page paper on pair of artifacts from the early American West without doing any research on the cultures represented. Douthat had a dilemma. “How could I eke out ten pages when I knew nothing about the provenance of the weapons or the significance of their markings? The paper was pathetically easy to write – not despite the dearth of information but because of it. Knowing nothing meant I could write anything. I didn’t need to do any reading, absorb any history, or learn anything at all. [He craftily sprinkled his essay with references to capitalism, violence and male domination.] …the paper got an A.”
When [Columbia University's Professor Joseph] Massad teaches that the word “Zion” means “penis,” and therefore Zionism is a macho movement, this is not an uncongenial view, but a lie—or at best an egregious error for a Middle East studies professor. When at Columbia it is taught that the Israelis are Nazis and the Palestinians are the new Jews, and that the Jews slaughtered Arabs in Jenin, these are not “rhetorically combative” modes of teaching—they are blood libels, anti-Semitic provocations, deceptions, and Arabist propaganda. Will only brave Jewish students stand up and say so? Does academic freedom”give professors license to teach incendiary, hateful lies?
'Yellow Elongated Fruit' Department: Churchill Speaks at Oregon College
...and later in the article, this 'Irony In Journalism' moment:
[In his essay, Ward Churchill wrote] "The most that can honestly be said of those involved on Sept. 11 is that they finally responded in kind to some of what this country has dispensed to their people as a matter of course."
He described World Trade Center victims as "little Eichmanns," a reference to Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi bureaucrat who kept the trains running to deliver Jews to death camps across Europe.
"True enough, they were civilians of a sort. But innocent? Gimme a break. They formed a technocratic corps at the very heart of America's global financial empire," he wrote.
On Saturday, Churchill said his words had been distorted by conservative commentators such as Bill O'Reilly of the Fox network. "No matter how you parse it, the word 'justified' does not appear," Churchill said. [emphasis ours]
"Cameras and recording devices were banned in the spirit of creating an open forum for debate and discussion," according to a written statement released by the college.
An excellent profile of Ward Churchill and his followers (this is a must read)
"Churchill, it seems, likes to play at being dangerous, then gets miffed when people take him at his word. Whether he regards the overthrow of a totalitarian maniac like Saddam Hussein as the above-mentioned "usurpation of rights" warranting a call to arms isn't entirely clear, though I doubt it. But what is, as I look down on the rhapsodic crowd, is that the row of guys in chicken heads are all clucking in unison while Churchill affects his revolutionary pose. It's enough to recall the words of Austrian satirist Karl Kraus, who said, 'The secret of the demagogue is to make himself as stupid as his audience, so they believe they are as clever as he.'"
CU Gets Adult Supervision
Former US Senator Hank Brown named CU interim President
...though some professors grumble that CU 'should be headed by a scholar, not a politician' (we're just glad CU will finally have an adult running the show)
Way back in February, Onkar Ghate provided the only real solution to the Ward Churchill problem (and just when we thought we had the perfect solution)
We've noted this before, but the Churchill entry at Wikipedia has now officially devolved into a pissing contest
Wikipedia designs horse, achieves camel
Out-of-Context, Nonviolent Churchill Quote of the Day:
"How you go about it, I don't know you. I can't speak to your aptitudes and inclinations and so forth. Looks to me like you got a trigger finger, so there's one possibility."
Columnist needles CU Regents on professorial diversity (ht: olympian2004)
"In the grand scheme of things, Churchill is small potatoes, a pissant. His continued presence at the university will serve as a festering sore, a constant reminder of some of the main problems within higher education these days, specifically, the tyranny of the tenured left and the paucity of conservative professors within liberal arts faculties."
Churchill calls investigation 'explicitly racist'
Rumors abound that former US Senator Hank Brown will be CU's interim president
Illinois State University Professor: Churchill's infamous "little Eichmanns" essay was 'simply a rant'
(the author of the linked article apparently doesn't think it's important to note that the sponsor of the above-noted speech, the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, is a far-far Left group)
'Oh, we're much better now; move along, nothing to see here'--CU panel says today's tenure requirements would have rejected Churchill
"With the procedures in place today, that person would not have received tenure," CU Regent Steve Bosley said when asked about Churchill - though the professor's name was never mentioned. "Are we happy with that? No."
A new Colorado poll finds voters dislike Ward Churchill even more than they dislike George Bush; could a Kerry-Churchill Presidential ticket be far behind?
Churchill defends Longmont defender, threatens to move to Longmont & start 'hippie community'
...but could this all be a media-generated tempest?
[Gordon] Pedrow, the city manager, told the council there is a "huge chasm between reality and accusation. The city of Longmont has not impeded Mr. Spagnuolo's right to speech."
"In fact, Pedrow said, Spagnuolo has spoken at City Council meetings a dozen times without reprimand.
"What [the Right] mean by balance is what Fox News means by balance. It's a way of trying to enforce the most extreme views into the classroom."
Um, so Churchill's "US out of North America! U.S. off the planet!" is a centrist viewpoint?
Churchill's attorney reaping usual rewards of high-profile case (but who will play Lane in the movie?)
Steven Ray Goodman at The Washington Post pleads: "Hey Profs, Come Back to Earth!"
Stanley Kurtz at NRO says new laws to straighten out universities aren't necessary; the marketplace seems to be taking care of the problem (ht for both links: Terry Hastings)
Churchill gets 100-minute video whine-a-thon
In this hour-long program, Prof. Churchill invites FSTV into his home to tell the side of the story told nowhere else on American television: his side.
Right. Poor guy's not had a single opportunity to defend himself. Except for three speeches in San Francisco, uncountable articles in the Denver Post, uncountable articles in the Rocky Mountain News, a speech at Eastern Washington University, at the University of Hawaii, on Bill Maher's show, at Counterpunch, on ZMag, at the Boulder Daily Camera, nine book publishers....
Kent State is certainly producing some fine scholars. Read both letters to the editor here for a glimpse of the future
Yesterday's link to an interview with Churchill had him criticizing his detractors, saying they "find...ya know, did I wear some other guy’s jersey in my final football game in high school in 1965, and if I did, what does that reflect about my character from an early age, and that kind of shit.”
Alert PB reader Leah has discovered that Churchill himself made the admission in a Rocky Mountain News article:
In a recent e-mail, Churchill made sarcastic light of the controversy over his identity: "I once wore another guy's jersey during my senior football season in high school (pretty deceptive stuff, after all; probably reflects on my 'character,' eh?)."
As much as we'd like to see Churchill fired from CU, we don't think going after his defenders like Elliott Ness after bootleggers will accomplish much, unless the goal is to look foolish and petty
Suzan Shown Harjo at Indian Country Today decimates Churchill's claims to Indianness (note: there is a long-standing enmity between Harjo and Churchill)
"It is important for people who deal with affirmative action and the honor system in educational settings to understand that being a tribal person is not a matter of self-declaration or a racial matter. It is a political, legal matter. It is citizenship and only a Native nation can determine its citizens." [emphasis ours]
Churchill optimistic in newspaper interview:
"There is not an issue that they raised, or allegation that they raised, that I can not only rebut, but slam dunk, beginning with the identity issue,” said Churchill, “I can just go right down the list. This whole little attempt to backslide out of the free speech issue into academic integrity or academic misconduct issue is just going to make them look more stupid."
“Each time we win one of those, and they invested so much weight on trying to condition the public to believe that ‘A’ is true, when it turns out that it is false, you see, it has the opposite effect, and it’s galvanizing and organizing, both bodies and consciousness, and the consciousness is what leads to more bodies. Hey, I was blindsided by this when it started, but in a way, as an organizer, as an articulator, both, I couldn’t have scripted a better scenario, just that way. They are doing things that I could have spent the rest of my life trying to get across as points in an abstract form, and they are just materializing them all over the place.”
Churchill also says a Boulder newspaper "went on to find, ya know, did I wear some other guy’s jersey in my final football game in high school in 1965, and if I did, what does that reflect about my character from an early age, and that kind of shit.”
Pirateballerina can find no record of such a newspaper account. (see "CNews 8Apr05" for update on this story)
Churchill preaches to the choir at Eastern Washington University
Other students who were present said they thought of Churchill as an inspiration to the cause of upholding free speech in the United States.
"When we come to a university, we come here seeking knowledge; he speaks a lot of truth, he's inspiring for activism and individual thinking," said EWU student Lili Hungerford, also a member of the Movimiento Estudiante Chicano de Aztlan (MECHA).
"Thanks for Noticing" Department: The Ward Churchill Case:
"The level of resistance, though, must be much higher if this attack—both in the Churchill case and more broadly- -is to truly be met and turned back. And turned back it must be. Right now, the right-wing forces have the initiative; they are setting the terms. They are already having an effect, putting some professors under the gun, causing others to pull back and keep quiet, and trying to create a chill around critical and dissident thought. They will not let up; their goal is uncontested domination. They must be stopped." [emphasis ours]
The American Spectator observes that "academic freedom" shouldn't protect idiocy:
[J]ust how much intellectual firepower can we assume resides in a mind that deliberately writes the "little Eichmanns" line, and then, after reflection, whole-heartedly defends it? We can debate whether or nor Mr. Churchill is an idiot, or a lunatic, or something else -- or at least we should be able to. But the University of Colorado -- and most every other institution of higher learning in the country -- says we can't.
Indian, professor, soldier, now Churchill issues legal opinion (at Eastern Washington University yesterday):
"It was stated clearly, and in English, that the administration's posture here, in attempting to cancel [the formal speech] ... carried clear implications of unconstitutional prior restraint of speech," Churchill said.
...but a U.S. District Court judge disagrees
Churchill: Shabby Scholar or Pathological Liar?
After examining Churchill's sensational story last week regarding a display in a San Francisco bar containing what he called "teeth knocked from the head" of Custer's Indian sex-slave, pirateballerina draws some obvious conclusions.
Something tells us they're a bit touchy on the Native American issue
Churchill's lawyer asks CU to forget "Indian identity" issues
"Do you wish to employ the Nazi standard for racial purity? ... Do you wish to employ the standard adopted by the United States government for determining Japanese ancestry in order to qualify for internment? ... "
Students sue for Churchill visit
Fear and Self-Loathing in Berkeley
zombie concludes reporting on the Ward Churchill triple-header last week with a great survey of the Ethnic Studies forum presented last Monday at UC Berkeley.
White people were popular targets. From panel member Natsu Saiko (fellow Ethnics Studies professor and Churchill's current wife):
"All of a sudden it becomes credible -- right? -- for a committee of presumably white folks, and most of the people who have been raising this criticism have been white folks who know nothing about Ward, who know nothing about the history of American Indian identity, know nothing about the federal laws that, that deal with, um, determination of identity. And there's an attempt to literally strip him of his identity."
From Professor Emeritus of Ethnic Studies Carlos Munoz, positively brilliant phraseology:
"I don't play identity politics, cabrón."
And from Churchill himself, a little anti-zionism:
zombie points out that in Berkeley, calling someone "zionist" is worse than calling them "cabrón."
"This leads us to the situation in a certain sense of settler colonialism and the cruel order of a particular type in the area of Palestine, which results not from something Jewish but from something particularly anti-Jewish, which is Zionism. [Audience applause.] Zionists return that [with the significance] of Judaism they have not even the sanction of their own rabbinical councils at the time they undertook the project of conquest and colonization in the area they now call Israel. Never did and ultimately they never will."
CU ignores federal law in mooting 'race fraud' charges
According to federal case law--and more importantly, Indian tradition--the University of Colorado at Boulder's acceptance of Ward Churchill's "self-identification" as a Cherokee Indian has no legal standing. An internal review of Churchill's history last month resulted in a determination that "[t]he question about Professor Churchill's employment application must be considered closed as a result of this [previous] ten-year old review." [emphasis ours] That older review concluded that Churchill's "self-identification" as an Indian was sufficient proof (for CU) that he was an Indian.
But was CU correct--or even legal--in drawing that conclusion ten years ago? And is the more recent review committee correct--or even legal--in considering the question closed? It would appear that CU, as a government entity, must follow the law in determining Indian racial membership--and according to the 1978 federal case law linked above:
Congress was committed to the goal of tribal self-determination, as is evidenced by the provisions of Title I itself. Section 1302 selectively incorporated and in some instances modified the safeguards of the Bill of Rights to fit the unique needs of tribal governments, and other parts of the ICRA similarly manifest a congressional purpose to protect tribal sovereignty from undue interference. Creation of a federal cause [436 U.S. 49, 50] of action for the enforcement of 1302 rights would not comport with the congressional goal of protecting tribal self-government.
A tribe's right to define its own membership for tribal purposes has long been recognized as central to its existence as an independent political community. See Roff v. Burney, 168 U.S. 218 (1897); Cherokee Intermarriage Cases, 203 U.S. 76 (1906). Given the often vast gulf between tribal traditions and those with which federal courts are more intimately familiar, the judiciary should not rush to create causes of action that would intrude on these delicate matters.
The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokees says Churchill is not a member, contradicting Churchill's repeated claims that he is (at one point, Churchill was given an honorary membership with UKB; this was later repudiated and Churchill's connection with UKB completely disavowed). Churchill's insistence (and CU's acceptance) that "self-identification" is enough to make him a Cherokee Indian flies in the face of federal law, Indian tradition, United Keetoowah Band law, and a growing mountain of evidence to the contrary. It would seem that CU is violating federal law in allowing Churchill's "self-identification" to stand.
Michael Lopez-Calderon examines the emetic effect of NEA-approved 9/11 teaching strategies
Mike Adams at Frontpagemag takes a look at North Carolina's own troublesome professor: "Jihad Jane"
The Revolutionary Worker rushes to Churchill's defense:
To be clear, none of these charges of scholarly misconduct would have been raised were it not for Churchill's political views. Nor is this political attack any more justified on account of new charges being thrown into the hopper. And what does it mean for someone's life scholarship to be dissected in an atmosphere of prosecution and persecution? This is not the way in which fellow scholars look into questions of research and scholarship.
Something tells us The Revolutionary Worker should look up the words "scholar" and "scholarship"
Declining enrollment, slush funds, sexual misconduct, renegade professors
What CU needs is more funding--Hoffman
Giuliani rips Churchill
Giuliani compared Churchill being on CU's faculty to having a geography teacher who believed the world is flat.
"He's entitled to that opinion, but you don't want him to be teaching geography, do you," Giuliani said.
Iowahawk strikes again with his "Profs Gone Wild! Extreme Ultimate Spring Break Volume 6"
Snoop: That's some badonka donk, know what I'm sayn'? What up witchu, girl?
Snoop: Show me you got your freak goin' on, woman.
Dave: I think we have a winner, Snoop!
Hilarious, until it dawns on you that each of the many "quotes" is an actual uttrerance from our nation's educators
Excellent plea for academic transparency from KC Johnson over at Inside Higher Education (big ht to Terry Hastings):
As Commissioner Bud Selig and several prominent players attempted to evade subpoenas for recent House of Representatives hearings on baseball’s steroid problem, Rep. Henry Waxman observed, “What strikes me is that baseball doesn’t want to investigate it and they don’t want us to investigate it.” The California congressman summed up baseball’s policy as “don’t know, don’t tell.”
This “Selig Strategy” could also describe the academy’s response to indications that the nation’s humanities and social sciences departments suffer from a lack of intellectual and programmatic diversity. Calls for outside inquiries have been denounced as violations of academic freedom, while few if any signs exist that the very internal academic procedures that created the problem can successfully resolve it.
Churchill still scheduled to speak at Eastern Washington University Tuesday
...interesting email exchange between Churchill and Andrew Hill (a "temporary" athletics coach for EWU), who opposes EWU's cancellation of Churchill's visit
...and one other interesting note: Stephen Jordan, the EWU President who cancelled Churchill's visit there, is one of the finalists for the presidency of Metropolitan State College in Denver
450 academics prove their support for Churchill wasn't about "academic freedom" (first item)
Churchill As Honeypot
One of the unexpected joys of covering the Ward Churchill debacle is the opportunity to come into contact with his many, many academic supporters. Now, we're not talking about the garden-variety professor who feels compelled to hold his nose while standing up for Churchill's "Freedom of Speech." No, we're talking about the dyed-in-the-wool, tinfoil-hat-wearing academic posse forming around Churchill like human shields around a Palestinian splodeydope.
To further study these academics, we've started several new threads in our discussion forum to highlight these academics in all their glory. Feel free to register and comment on each and every one of them:
Robert Jensen of the University of Texas at Austin [link removed]
Ruth Hsu and Haunani-Kay Trask of the University of Hawaii at Manoa [link removed]
Jane T. Christensen of North Carolina Wesleyan College (thanks to drew over at LGF for this prize!) [link removed]
Of course, we'll be adding more as time goes by.
Update (7August06): Our readers' forum has been shut down for quite some time; it its place we have the increasingly popular Usual Suspects page, which contains hundreds of informational links on over 400 academics.
It would appear that academia isn't entirely gutless when it comes to firing idiots
CU Regents, Faculty to do "systemwide review" of tenure
...but it probably won't affect Churchill's tenure:
[Faculty Council Chair Rod] Muth added, "This is not a witch hunt, or an examination of personnel records. The review will [determine whether] we are following the Laws of the Regents." When asked if the review would affect faculty who already have tenure, Muth replied, "It had better not."
It was all a big mistake! We can all go home now!
From a statement Ward Churchill gave 9News (text via the Denver Post) last Friday:
"And if anyone had talked to me in the course of this preliminary investigation, they would have been fully apprised of the frivolous nature of the charges."
We demand a recount!
Collegiate Network awards 8th annual 'Polly' awards for the top examples of outrageous campus conduct--and neither Churchill nor CU are among the winners!