Some People Push Back excerpts. Ward Churchill. These are portions of an essay Churchill wrote in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks. The full essay is available here. Before reading this, it may be helpful to think back to the attacks and imagine what your reaction to Churchill's essay would have been if you had read it the next day.
Defiant Colorado Prof Speaks
Defiant Colorado Prof Speaks - CBS News
The University of Colorado's governing board on Tuesday fired a professor whose essay likening some Sept. Ward Churchill, who had vowed to sue if the Board of Regents took action against him, said immediately after the vote was announced: "New game, new game. Three faculty committees had accused Churchill of plagiarism, falsification and other misconduct. The research allegations stem from some of Churchill's other writings, although the investigation began after the controversy over his Sept. Misconduct in academic writing Churchill's essay mentioning Sept. Brown had recommended in May that the regents fire Churchill after faculty committees accused him of misconduct in some of his academic writing. The allegations included misrepresenting the effects of federal laws on American Indians, fabricating evidence that the Army deliberately spread smallpox to Mandan Indians in , and claiming the work of a Canadian environmental group as his own.
Ward Churchill wins free speech case; trouble started at Hamilton College
Churchill was promoted at the university, and there is no record in documents released Wednesday indicating that he has ever been disciplined for inappropriate conduct. Retired university administrator and journalism professor Joanne Easley Arnold said she received a call from Churchill in during a controversy over the naming of a dormitory on campus. She was trying to get the dorm named for a former director of student housing. Churchill, not yet a professor, was pushing to have it named for the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes.
It's been a bad couple of weeks for Ward Churchill. After being savaged by the corporate media for an essay he wrote over three years ago, then finding himself abandoned by an academic culture that used to profess belief in freedom of thought and expression, it was finally revealed that Ward Churchill might not even be an Indian. Stop the presses! Outside of his personal circle of aging enemies, did anyone really care that much about Churchill's enrollment status before this controversy?