Friday, May 19, 2006

Are his two minutes of fame up yet?

Speaker challenges status quo
Social activist Ward Churchill discussed issues of freedom, repression and following orders

Churchill made national news after Sept. 11 when he called some terrorist-attack victims "little Eichmanns," a reference to Nazi chief Adolf Eichmann, who was responsible for ordering the extermination of three million Jews during the Holocaust.

On Tuesday, a report was featured in The New York Times and Los Angeles Times that stated Churchill committed plagiarism and other academic misconduct at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he teaches ethnic studies. He may lose his job or be suspended for the accusations from the university's board of regents.

So we've established that this is a quality guy, definitely worthy of speaking at a taxpayer funded institution.

He added that he tells his students, "stand up there and take a dump on the floor. There are rules for (that), too."

Repression by the state and educational institutions reinforce each other in maintaining that "order," he said.

The ultimate repression: you can't take a dump on the floor. Gosh, why don't they just call it slavery. I bet it's Halliburton that keeps us from the freedom of "dumping" on the floor.

But surely our highly educated college students are discerning enough to realize that this man is full of crap...

Said Student:
"It's nice being exposed to a perspective that most of the white people would never grasp," he said, referring to Churchill's Native American ethnicity.

Damn my skin color for making it hard to grasp why anyone would want to stand up in a classroom and take a crap on the floor. Wait a minute... time for an experiment: Nope, I just asked my brown skinned wife if she felt repressed because she can't stand up and take a crap on the floor and she just stared at me like I'm crazy.

15 comments:

Gus said...

The point I think Ward was making was that the "rules" currently in place limit our ability to effectively protest. Protests today are a joke. Often times, you have to inform the local and/or state authorities and get a license. Ward's stance is that if you protest in ways sanctioned by the state, then it means the state doesn't really care if you protest, thus rendering that protest useless.

Ward has spent most of his career standing up for minority groups and most especially native americans. He doesn't have a BIA card, but those are hard to get unless you have birth/death certificates going back sometimes a hundred years and requires that your ancestor be on the Dawes Roles (if they didn't live on Indian territory at the time, they're not on the roles). This process, along with the Blood Quantum system, was intentionally designed to limit the amount of "officially" recognized Native Americans and eventually lower the numbers. My family has encountered the same problem along with millions of others in this country.

Ward is a genius and he sees things in a very clear, common sense way. Sometimes, he makes radical statements that drive people like you crazy, but that's simply because he's so pissed off--and we all should be equally pissed off right now (and not about illegal immigrants as much as Iraq, the deficit, NSA wiretapping, Classified information leaks, the economy, etc). Yes, plagerizing the paintings was a stupid move on his part. Saying that the twin towers was a strategic target and listing all the reasons why the world might hate us was not stupid.

Gus said...

Oh, and it's more than "two minutes" of fame. Ward's been a round a long time and is well-known in the academic world and amongst minority activists. Republicans and the media just never made such a big stink about him until now.

Kristopher said...

If you keep freaking your wife out by repeating moonbat non-sense, she is going to take your broadband connection away from you.

Anonymous said...

Hey Daniel,

As long as you keep talking about him, he lives on to speak another day. Guys like you are his best advertisers. Keep up the good work!

Tony said...

He is a fake Indian. He has no tribal affiliation.

The man is a complete fraud.

Nothing to contribute to academic discourse. He is some Berkely hippie that should be reading his poetry and releasing his diatribes in the back of some coffehouse on open mike night, not pulling down a hundred grand in taxpayer dollars "dumping" in student's heads.

Anonymous said...

Get a life Gus... you don't want this loser as a role model. The guy is no more an Indian than I am.

I like the part where you said Ward is a genius.... I almost fell out of my chair laughing.

I invented the mullet said...

Send Your Kid to College, and you get:

"It's nice being exposed to a perspective that most of the white people would never grasp," he said, referring to Churchill's Native American ethnicity.

Ah, the epitome of cultural awareness! Is this "student" i.e. brainwashed useful idiot, even aware that Churchill is not an American Indian as he claims?

White guilt anybody?

Arrgh! I can't go on!

"Teach your children well..."
C.S.N.Y.

Limbo Man said...

He'll soon be out of a job.

I don't care about this guy...

Anonymous said...

Ward churchill could drop dead right this second, and NOTHING on this earth would change one bit. Nothing.That's how much of an impact this douche has on society.

He may be able to pull the wool over the eyes of the young, naive, sheep-like college students...but then again, cult leaders go after the same market segment and they are all loony as well.

Daniel said...

Gus, don't you agree that we need rules? (Notice that I don't put the word "rules" in quote marks there)

greenInk said...

Gus... well-said. But reason is wasted here.

As usual, nobody has anything substantive to say regarding Ward Churchill's public statements or his writing. It's all the same old crap - the arguing over whether he fits the white man's definition of "Indian," etc., etc.

Question for Daniel: Do you think we have too many rules, or not enough?

Tony said...

His writings and rantings are not worth entering into public discourse. They are not worthy of "debate" any more than whether or not sexual abuse of 6 year olds should be legal. It is, on its face, ludicrous, and obviously so.

It is idiotic to assert that people going to work are equal to Nazi genocide masterminds. There is no room for debate on the issue because it is so stupid and beneath public discourse.

As for his fitting the "White Man's description of an Indian", he does fit that. He is a white man who describes himself as an Indian, and that is apparently good enough for you. He has 0% native american blood.

So, perhaps I, as a white man, can just decide I am a black man and redefine black as white, and go teach Afro American Studies at some school?

I swear, do you liberals think before you speak? How do you end up so utterly incapable of rational, critical thinking? How do you get to the point where everything is permissable except standards of conduct, or stated another way, everything is ok except saying that some things aren't ok?

At the very least, can you agree that equating innocent people with Nazi war criminals should not be publicly subsidized speech in this country?

Tony said...

Most "protests" aren't, I would agree.

They are a smattering of disaffected hippies, many of who don't know what the issue is and don't care, who are searching for meaning in their otherwise vacuous existence.

No, I'm not unemployed, I'm an ACTIVIST. I'm not a drain on society, I'm making it better.

Keep it up, people. Eventually you will succeed in getting a government that monopolizes everything and takes away your choice. When all your neighbors are dependent on the status quo and unable to fend for themselves, then try to "protest" and change anything.

The government will be too entrenched, bloated, and disaffected to care or move to change, and you will have handed over your freedom to a tyrant you can't control.

greenInk said...

Tony,

The debate over Churchill's ethnicity is such old hat, and a red herring besides. Russell Means said Churchill "has more proof of his ancestry than I do." Tim Giago, a notorious assimilationist, is the genesis for most of the "Churchill's not an Indian" rhetoric, but the fact of the matter is that it's a negative that cannot be proven one way or the other.

Historically, a lot of people with indigenous blood hid the fact due to the horrible discrimination that Native Americans did (and do) face. Indian heritage became a closely guarded family secret.

But, whatever, we can all believe what we want on that score.

Your bit about Churchill's writings being unworthy of public discourse is just further proof of my earlier point. Your reaction the "little Eichmanns" reference is understandable given the shoddy reporting by the "liberal" media that pulled this bit from the relevant context.

Churchill made it clear that he was referencing Hannah Arendt, who wrote Eichmann in Jerusalem. That work describes the "banality of evil," or the ways that people who are "just doing their jobs" can be responsible for great evil by helping systems of destruction to function.

greenInk said...

Tony said:
Eventually you will succeed in getting a government that monopolizes everything and takes away your choice. When all your neighbors are dependent on the status quo and unable to fend for themselves, then try to "protest" and change anything.

The government will be too entrenched, bloated, and disaffected to care or move to change, and you will have handed over your freedom to a tyrant you can't control.


This was supposed to be ironic, right? Because from where I'm sitting, we're already there.