by Rob Schwarzwalder
September 12, 2012
Ward Churchill was an ethnic studies professor at Colorado University. Here are three of his more memorable expressions of scholarly wisdom:
** “The spirit of Hannibal Lecter is … at the core of an expansionist European ‘civilization’ which has reached out to engulf the planet.” A Little Matter of Genocide: Holocaust & Denial in the Americas 1492 to the Present
** As for those in the World Trade Center… Well, really, let’s get a grip here, shall we? 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 - the “mighty engine of profit” to which the military dimension of U.S. policy has always been enslaved … If there was a better, more effective, or in fact any other way of visiting some penalty befitting their participation upon the little Eichmanns inhabiting the sterile sanctuary of the twin towers, I’d really be interested in hearing about it. “Some People Push Back: On the Justice of Roosting Chickens”
** The FBI is composed of agents of repression who conduct secret wars against radical organizations. Agents of Repression: The FBI’s Secret Wars Against the Black Panther Party and the American Indian Movement
Today, the Colorado Supreme Court upheld two lower court decisions on Mr. Churchills case (affirming) that the universitys Board of Regents had essentially acted as judges in firing him for academic misconduct in 2007 and was therefore legally immune to his attempts to win his job back. You see, in addition to being an extremist whose income was dependent on the economic system he professed to hate, Ward Churchill was a plagiarist. So, in 2007, he was fired from his job at Colorado.
Plagiarism, racism, malicious hatred, rhetorical violence: Quite a gem of a guy teaching Americas youth, right? Thankfully, no longer.
At FRC, we hold to the novel belief that the educational institutions to which hard-working parents send their children should not be composed of teachers whose goal is to foster contempt for everything those parents stand for. That includes all primary, secondary, and university education.
It is our hope that Mr. Churchill will have a quiet retirement thinking about his squandered, bitter experience as an “educator,” and also turning away from it. He is an articulate man of intelligence and ability; may his remaining years turn these qualities toward activities that benefit, rather than denigrate, his country and its citizens.