[eDebate] New Ward Churchill story
Old Man Waterman
Wed Feb 9 11:52:31 CST 2005
>From CNN today. He seems to tone done his remarks somewhat (or at least
clarify them, as in the original essay they were very offensive). He says
here that (a) he is not innocent either and (b) he wasn't talking about the
janitors, etc., but rather the manager types. It's interesting - I know a
guy who worked in the WTC at the time - not as a corporate manager, but
definitely on his way in that direction (he does software design, and he
didn't die that day, I think he was evacuated). I think the line between
the "guilty" and "innocent" is a lot fuzzier that Ward tries to make it seem
(what, the janitors had never done ANYTHING that contributed to US
hegemony?) but this is interesting nonetheless ...
Professor sticks with comparison of Nazis, 9/11 victims
Wednesday, February 9, 2005 Posted: 11:01 AM EST (1601 GMT)
BOULDER, Colorado (AP) -- A University of Colorado professor who likened
September 11 victims to Nazis got a standing ovation when he told a campus
audience of more than 1,000 people that "I'm not backing up an inch."
Ward Churchill, who had filed a lawsuit after the state university
threatened to cancel his address, was interrupted several times by
Churchill has resigned as chairman of the university's ethnic studies
department. Gov. Bill Owens has called for Churchill to be fired, and the
university's Board of Regents is investigating whether the tenured professor
can be removed.
"I don't answer to Bill Owens. I do not answer to the Board of Regents in
the way they think I do. The regents should do their job and let me do
mine," Churchill said to thunderous clapping. "I'm not backing up an inch. I
owe no one an apology."
In an essay, Churchill wrote that workers in the World Trade Center were the
equivalent of "little Eichmanns," a reference to Adolf Eichmann, who ensured
the smooth running of the Nazi system. Churchill also spoke of the "gallant
sacrifices" of the "combat teams" that struck America.
The ethnic studies professor said Tuesday his essay was referring to
"technocrats" who participate in what he calls repressive American policies
around the world.
A longtime American Indian Movement activist, he said he is also culpable
because his efforts to change the system haven't succeeded. "I could do
more. I'm complicit. I'm not innocent," he said.
The Boulder Faculty Assembly, which represents professors at the Boulder
campus, has said Churchill's comments were "controversial, offensive and
odious" but supports his right to say them based on the principle of
During his 35-minute speech, Churchill said the essay was not referring to
children, firefighters, janitors or people passing by the World Trade Center
who were killed during the attacks.
The essay and follow-up book attracted little attention until Churchill was
invited to speak last month at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, which
later canceled his talk out of security concerns.
University of Colorado officials cited those same concerns but backed off
after Churchill filed a lawsuit earlier Tuesday asking a judge to force the
school to let him speak.
The crowd Tuesday night was loud and orderly as Churchill spoke: "I do not
work for the taxpayers of the state of Colorado. I do not work for Bill
Owens. I work for you," he said.
About two dozen police officers were scattered inside and around the
ballroom where the speech was given. Most of those attending supported
"I've read some of Ward's work," said 26-year-old Vinita Laroia, an
environmental studies major. "I think what he has to say is true and
interesting. I wanted to hear his actual voice say what he's thinking."
The ACLU issued a statement defending Churchill's right to speak out and
called on regents, legislators and the governor "to stop threatening Mr.
Churchill's job because of the content of his opinions."
David Horowitz, a champion of conservative causes who has long accused
American universities of overstocking their faculties with leftists, has
said firing Churchill would violate his First Amendment rights and set a bad
He called instead for an inquiry into the university's hiring and promotion
procedures to see how Churchill managed to rise to the chairmanship of the
school's ethnic studies department
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