Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Wardie In Deeper DooDoo

It would appear that Professor Ward Churchill, with his masters degree from Sangaman State, is guilty not only of falsifying his own background, but of plain old academic fraud. It's crunch time. We'll now find out whether CU possesses any integrity whatsoever.

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Anonymous cryptodemocrat said...

None of the smears against Churchill stand up to scrutiny, but that does not slow down their repetition by participants in the witch hunt. We see Churchill ambushed by a TV crew, in between classes and death threats. The interviewer's insolent tone ("looks like you ripped it off") leads me to doubt his denial that the camera crew initiated the physical confontation. Given the context of what appears to be a well-orchestrated campaign, my guess is that the crew entered the campus with the mission of assaulting Churchill and filming his response, much like police who assault people and then charge them with the crime they themselves have just committed.

As for the plagiarism charge, I believe Churchill's explanation that he had the original artist's explicit permission. It's a little difficult to settle the issue, given that the artist is no longer around; but the raising of such an obscure point when the overriding issue is Churchill's political activity suggests that someone put a lot of effort into digging up dirt and found damned little of any substance.

Regarding the attack by Thomas Brown, read this:
http://www.columbia.edu/~lnp3/mydocs/indian/ThomasBrown.htm

And here is a good perspective on the whole thing:
http://www.kersplebedeb.com/mystuff/s11/churchill_rwor.html

Churchill is highly regarded by his students, academic colleagues, and by legions of progressives (including me) who value him as both scholar and leader. His tenure was well-deserved and well-earned, and is now serving precisely the purpose for which tenure is designed, namely, as a bulwark against political attack. Almost none of Churchill's attackers can even quote him accurately. This discussion is not really about anything Churchill has done wrong. Rather, it's about what he's done right. He's being targeted for clarifying our understanding of American oppression and the the stuggle against it, and for inspiring those engaged in that struggle and related ones around the world.

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