Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Who is this Nibblehead?


DENVER — The University of Colorado's (search) regents have scheduled a special meeting to consider a professor's essay that said victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks deserved to die because they were a willing part of "the mighty engine of profit."

The essay by Ward Churchill (search), chairman of the ethnic studies department and a longtime Indian activist, was written in the aftermath of the attacks. Its contents became known when he was invited to speak at Hamilton College (search) in Syracuse, N.Y.

Some relatives of Sept. 11 victims have protested the college's decision to allow Churchill to speak on Thursday, the same day the Colorado regents will meet on the university's Fitzsimons campus.

CU Provost Phil DiStefano last week said Churchill's views do not represent the university, but he had a right to express them.

A critic, U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez (search), R-Colo., said that because Churchill is tenured he apparently is immune from any sanctions by the university but should apologize. There was no answer at Churchill's office phone Sunday, and his private phone is not listed.

Following the attacks, Churchill wrote an essay, "Some People Push Back: On the Justice of Roosting Chickens," that hailed the "gallant sacrifices" of the "combat teams" that struck America.

He said although the victims were civilians they were not innocent. He went on to describe the World Trade Center victims as "little Eichmanns," a reference to Adolf Eichmann (search), who organized Nazi leader Adolf Hitler's plan to exterminate Europe's Jews.

I wasn't aware that Morgan Stanely or the Port Authority were filing people into concentration camps. I assume next Churchill's gonna tell us that Pizza Hut is stuffing all of it's non-conforming employees into blast furnaces (or maybe they'll just use the pizza oven?).

What a tool.

Update #1 2/2/05:

Visitor Matt McCall says
I think people need to leave Ward Churchill alone. I don't necessarily agree with what he said, but it was simply an essay that expressed his feelings. He wasn't talking about the police officers and firefighters who lost their lives, mostly about some New York assholes who nobody likes anyway. So all you haters, FUCK OFF.

At no point did I ever say anyone should go after Churchill. Heck, I don't even think he should be fired, though that decision belongs only to the University. But if Ward Churchill has the right to compare folks who were working in the Towers to Nazis, I/We have the right to call him a moron/tool/nibblehead et al. And by the way, those New York "assholes who nobody likes anyway" were somebody's family. They were mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters etc. If that's the value you have on Human life then I sincerely feel for you. Your life must be very sad. Matt, your welcome to come here and post all you want and by all means disagree with me. Hey, I even encourage it (I really do miss J). But if you continue to devalue human life or tell me or others to buggar off, you will be banned. It is my site after all and the only First Amendment rights protected here are my own.