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Ward Churchill - de-evolutionary

In an interview published in Satya, Ward Churchill, the Colorado University at Boulder professor currently underfire for making some insensitive, volatile even incendiary comments concerning terrorism in America and the world, said while describing his ultimate political goals:

I want the state gone: transform the situation to U.S. out of North America. U.S. off the planet. Out of existence altogether.

A monthly publication focusing on vegetarianism, environmentalism, animal advocacy, and social justice, Satya claims to be committed “to continuing Gandhi’s legacy by increasing dialogue among activists from diverse backgrounds and engaging readers in ways to integrate compassion into their daily lives.” Satya published the interview, which contains a photo of a revolutionary looking Churchill dressed in camouflage, holding an AK-47, entitled Dismantling the Politics of Comfort in April 2004. Interestingly, Churchill, ensconsed in his comfy tenured position at CU, makes these comments while hiding behind the 1st Amendment and has threatened that should he be removed or punished for his intemperate comments he will 'own the university.' (As an aside, I wonder if the assault rifle Churchill is holding is his. If it is his, is it registered?...is it legal?)

The original essay that created the uproar, "Some People Push Back" On the Justice of Roosting Chickens basically said that the people killed on 9/11 got what they deserved because they had the audacity to go to work that day.

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.

Professor Churchill, in another essay, equates the naming of football teams 'Redskins' and 'Chiefs' and baseball teams 'Braves' and 'Indians' with the horrors of the holocaust.

Know that it causes real pain and real suffering to real people. Know that it threatens our very survival. And know that this is just as much a crime against humanity as anything the Nazis ever did. It is likely the indigenous people of the United States will never demand that those guilty of such criminal activity be punished for their deeds. But the least we have to expect - indeed to demand­ is that such practices finally be brought to a halt.

Should tenure ensure a professor a platform from which to spew hatred for the American citizens who pay his salary? The courts will ultimately decide Wade Churchill's fate, but, when this is over, I hope that the only soapbox left to him from which to spew his hate will be on the corner of Hell and Eternity.

Posted by Rick | February 8, 2005 01:04 PM

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