Saturday, September 23, 2006

Ward Churchill, the Tenured Plagiarist of Ethnic Studies, Is a Math-Challenged Moron!

"Can you do arithmetic? Sometimes the 'duh' factor gets so loud. I really have to cite this to people who are capable of tying their shoes without instructions?" ---Ward Churchill

In 1985, Ward Churchill, the tenured Plagiarist of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado, wrote that "342 AIM [American Indian Movement] members and supporters were murdered by roving death squads aligned with and supported by the FBI....between 1973 and 1976 alone." [See the article here.]

In the same article Churchill claimed that "[t]he statistics are entirely comparable to what happened in Chile in the immediate aftermath of Pinochet's coup."

But in 1990, Churchill wrote:

"During the 36 months roughly beginning with the end of Wounded Knee and continuing through the first of May 1976, more than sixty AIM members and supporters died violently on or in locations immediately adjacent to the Pine Ridge Reservation. A minimum of 342 others suffered violent physical assaults.... [See the article here.]

In 1985, Churchill claimed that the "murder" of 342 Indians was comparable to the murder rate in Chile after the 9/11/73 coup, but in 1990, Churchill claimed that the "murder" of 60 Indians was also comparable to the murder rate in Chile after the 1973 coup!

In 1990, Churchill cited sources who claimed:

"The political murder rate at Pine Ridge between March 1, 1973, and March 1, 1976, was almost equivalent to that in Chile during the three years after the military coup supported by the United States deposed and killed President Salvador Allende ... Based on Chiles population of 10 million, the estimated fifty thousand persons killed in three years of political repression in Chile at the same time (1973/1976) roughly paralleled the murder rate at Pine Ridge."

How can the murder rate on Pine Ridge be equivalent to the murder rate in the aftermath of Chile's coup if, in the first iteration, the number of "murders" is 342 and, in the second iteration, the number of "murders" is 60?

Do the math, Wardo!

For further treatment of this issue see "342 Indians."

Churchill's claim that the CIA was behind "Chile's 9-11" is disputed here.


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