Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Professor Calls 9/11 Victims Nazis

According to the Denver Post, University of Colorado Professor Ward Churchill has resigned as Chairman of the Department of Ethnic Studies, but he will remain on the university's payroll as a professor in the department at $94,242 per annum. His sin is having written an essay after 9/11 comparing the victims to Nazis. Although the essay was written some time ago, apparently the controversy over his being invited to speak at Hamilton College in New York generated enough heat to result in his resigning the department chairmanship. The Denver Post:

In the essay "Some People Push Back: On the Justice of Roosting Chickens," Churchill said the Pentagon was a military target, "pure and simple."

"As to those in the World Trade Center ... Well, really. Let's get a grip here, shall we? True enough, they were civilians of a sort. But innocent? Gimme a break. They formed a technocratic corps at the very heart of America's global financial empire - the 'mighty engine of profit' to which the military dimension of U.S. policy has always been enslaved."

The New York Times quoted more from Professor Churchill's essay:

They were too busy braying, incessantly and self-importantly, into their cellphones, arranging power lunches and stock transactions, each of which translated, conveniently out of sight, mind and smelling distance, into the starved and rotting flesh of infants.

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.

The Denver Post quotes him further, explaining what he really meant:

I have never characterized all the Sept. 11 victims as Nazis. What I said was that the "technocrats of empire" working in the World Trade Center were the equivalent of "little Eichmanns." Thus, it was obviously not directed to the children, janitors, food-service workers, firemen and random passers-by killed in the 9-1-1 attack.

I'd never heard of this guy before. Perhaps it's because I don't pay as much attention as I should to his area of academic specialization, which the NYT characterized as "social activism on American Indian rights." Or perhaps it's because in that large universe of dangleberries ensconced in American universities, his star just doesn't twinkle that brightly.

I wish I could say it's amazing that the University of Colorado would continue to employ him and that Hamilton College would want him to speak to its students. But it isn't.


Blogger Junebugg said...

This guy talks about the fat cats in the building while he's pulling down almost 6 figures per year!!! I bet he's a little man (in mind as well as body)who's mad at the world. He and Hitler would have gotten along very well. I say put all the relatives of the people who died on 9/11 in a football statium with him and lock the doors for 24 hours.

5:48 AM, February 01, 2005  
Blogger American On Line said...

For those of you who would like to tell Churchill how you feel about his essay, you may e-mail, call or write him here:

Prof. Ward L.
Office Phone: 303-492-8852
Ethnic Studies
University of Colorado at Boulder
339 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0339

9:12 AM, February 01, 2005  
Blogger Tom Carter said...

AOL, thanks for the contact information. I'll be sure to drop him a line, and I hope a lot of other people do, too.

10:08 AM, February 01, 2005  
Blogger carla said...

This guy is the flip side of the coin to the Reverend Fred Phelps...who rejoices in the deaths on 9/11 in part due to the fact that some of those who died in the WTC were gay.

These people are on the fringe of society. However I think it's important that they're spotlighted. It's better to have light shone on people like this than to allow them to go underground and fester.

10:46 AM, February 01, 2005  
Blogger Tom Carter said...

Carla, the thing is the Phelps, Falwells, and Robertsons can be dismissed as the ignoramuses they are. But I still cling to a need to respect professors as an intellectual elite, and I suffer much more psychic pain when I see them spouting this kind of offensive drivel. It's also depressing to think that this whackadoo is the one making impressions on the tabula rasa of the young minds in his classes.

11:40 AM, February 01, 2005  
Blogger Gindy said...

You have to feel sorry for someone who has this kind thought process. But, I prefer that did not teach our impressionable children (even in college they are impressionable)wtith this kind of attitude.

12:05 PM, February 01, 2005  
Blogger Junebugg said...

Tom, I linked to your post, but you don't seem to have trackback.

4:32 PM, February 01, 2005  
Blogger Tom Carter said...

Thanks! Unfortunately, Blogger doesn't support trackback.

5:10 PM, February 01, 2005  
Blogger howard said...

Hi Tom.

I've been fascinated by this story for a couple days now. Another blogging friend of mine posted some thoughts on this on Monday -- prior to that I hadn't even heard of this guy (apparently I don't watch enough cable news). I wanted to have more to say about it, but so far the subject's been relegated to conversations with co-workers. Like what you've done with it, though I'm still up in the air as to whether or not he should keep his tenure...

5:02 AM, February 02, 2005  

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