Sunday, February 11, 2007

Ward Churchill Advocates Kneecapping Tourists Who Visit Hawaii!

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Chutch at Bat

Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright.

The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light.

And, somewhere men are laughing, and little children shout,

But there is no joy in MIMville—mighty Churchill has struck out.

Professor Thomas Brown of Lamar University wrote an excellent article called "Is Ward Churchill the New Michael Bellesiles."

[Information about Professor Brown's unmasking of Ward Churchill's dishonest research about the "genocide" of the Mandan can be found here and here.]

"Is Ward Churchill the New Michael Bellesiles" is very informative and details Churchill's advocacy of assault and murder:

"In 1998, Churchill published Pacifism as Pathology, a manifesto justifying the use of political violence. Churchill claims to have taught bomb-making to the Weather Underground. Churchill called for breaking the kneecaps of tourists headed for Hawaii, as a political statement in support of Hawaiian nationalism. He repeatedly called for the destruction of the United States. Churchill gave speeches in which he offered justifications and explicit strategies for successful terrorist actions against the US.

Churchill’s personal life echoed this theme of violence. Churchill claims to vandalize or destroy state property as revenge for every traffic ticket he receives. A number of people had accused Churchill of assault or threats of assault. Joanne Arnold, an administrator on Churchill’s home campus, reported that Churchill had threatened in a phone call that she would “get hurt” if she didn’t back off her position in a dispute over naming a dormitory. Carole Standing Elk, an Indian activist, complained that Churchill had spit on her during an argument. David Bradley, a New Mexico artist, complained to his local police that Churchill had threatened to kill him." [Full text]

Professor Brown notes that Churchill and his supporters have argued that he is the victim of a right wing attack on academia, but says this is because the University of Colorado failed to address charges of academic misconduct against Churchill that were more than ten years old:

"Had CU only followed the normal vetting procedures for hiring and tenuring faculty, this particular scandal may never have occurred. The CU administration had a second chance to address the problem when Professor LaVelle brought Churchill’s habit of plagiarism and fabrication to light nearly ten years ago. Instead, CU dithered and failed to act, thus allowing the media and the political class to drive the issue." [Full text]

2 Comments:

Blogger In The Bonds said...

Churchill is a shill of the intelligence establishment, like Auers, an agent provocateur -- so he is provocative. This is not a reflection on the left, quite the opposite. His mission is to discredit and disrupt the left. His rabble rousing is a reflection of FBI corruption. Many Indian activists have understood Churchill's role as provocateur and infiltrator for some time, but the establishment media are, as usual, are myopic when it comes to political realities, and only deal in cardboard-cutout characterizations lacking depth, complexity and nuance when those reporting the news aren't simply taking transcription from decrepit power mongers, like those who created Churchill. The fact that he isn't really an Indian is a dead give-away, or should be, to reporters who make a great pretense of factuality.

12:32 PM  
Blogger In The Bonds said...

Churchill is a shill of the intelligence establishment, like Auers, an agent provocateur -- so he is provocative. This is not a reflection on the left, quite the opposite. His mission is to discredit and disrupt the left. His rabble rousing is a reflection of FBI corruption. Many Indian activists have understood Churchill's role as provocateur and infiltrator for some time, but the establishment media are, as usual, myopic when it comes to political reality, and only deal in cardboard-cutout characterizations lacking depth and complexity when "professionals" reporting the news aren't simply taking transcription from decrepit power mongers -- like those who created Churchill. The fact that he isn't really an Indian is a dead give-away, or should be, to reporters who make a great pretense of factuality.

12:36 PM  

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