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In an unclimatic event, the University of Colorado Board of Regents, in an 8-1 vote, officially fired Professor Ward Churchill. The two-year struggle over his employment was no surprise, as fascist elements of Amerikkka clamored to have him pay for his heresy. Now another chapter begins as Ward pursues this through court.
The official reasons for his termination were for plagiarism and academic misconduct. But for everyone paying attention, he was really fired for speaking uncomfortable truths about Amerikan foreign policy. In an essay written the day after the 9/11 attacks, Some People Push Back: On the Justice of Roosting Chickens (later expanded into a book), he took a different tone from the crocodile-teared jingoism prevalent on that day. Far from the patriotic emotionalism of that day, he stated the facts about Amerikan foreign policy.
On 9/11, the chickens came home to roost. This was no surprise for those who knew the history of Amerikan imperialism. And many who died were in fact “little Eichmanns,” technocrats of a genocidal killing machine that has taken untold millions of lives around the world. Churchill, who has made a career in documenting the genocide of the First Nations and the repression of dissent, is all too familiar of this knowledge. His bluntness was welcoming.
In the beginning he was attacked not by the reactionary Right but by the so-called Left, people like Doug Henwood and Marc Cooper. (1) For all their professed radicalism, speaking truth on 9/11 was too much for them. On the other hand, it took the idiot Right Wing four years to find his essay and get outraged about it. When the University of Colorado admitted that what he said was protected by the first amendment they looked for other ways to fire him. The governor, right wing assholes, spineless liberals, white trash, and comprador Native Americans all clamored to have him hanged, and digging up any and all dirt they could on Churchill to add kindling to the witch hunt.
7/24/2007: CU Campus, Boulder CO: Judgment Day
On July 24th at the Boulder campus security was all around. The media sharks circled too. Metal detectors and armed guards were at the entrance to the building where the regents would decide the fate of Churchill. Signs posted stated that any disturbance inside would be met by force and arrest.
Churchill arrived with his lawyer and a handful of colleagues. Later some of his supporters rallied before the regents met, with signs, buttons, and T-shirts. A few white trash bloggers were present with cameras, some heckling Churchill and supporters. Pigs with badges photographed the event.
The meeting was supposed to start after 3:30 but was delayed for a couple of hours. Finally the regents came into the auditorium and voted to accept CU President Hank Brown’s recommendation that Churchill be canned. The vote was 8-1, with the regent from Boulder giving the lone nay vote. People booed, and the regents left.
Members of the American Indian Movement of Colorado then began a drum circle with chanting. They and their supporters proceeded outside. A press conference was held immediately after.
There was a problem when the room that was reserved was too small for the conference. Only the press was allowed in. The supporters listened outside through a window. Two cracker-assed College Republicans arrived after, attempting to disrupt the press conference, carrying signs to allegedly honor those Amerikans killed on 9/11. But they ended up doing nothing. The two reactionaries got into heated discussions with Churchill supporters, and then the news clamored to interview them because they opposed Churchill. They were heckled due to the amerikkan media’s obvious bias.
Churchill plans to initiate a lawsuit against the University. RAIM-Denver wishes him success.
The overwhelming issue from supporters was one of academic freedom. Many stood by Churchill while making sure to say that they didn’t agree with what he said. RAIM-D on the other hand says that not only does Churchill have a right to say what he said, but was right in what he said. Amerikkkans are not innocent of the crimes committed by their parasite imperialist nation. Plus they shouldn’t be surprised when those angered by its atrocities decide to hit back. The truth hurts, but Amerikkka has been in its luxury dugout too long.
Of course the issue of academic freedom for dissident intellectuals is all too real. At the present time Norman Finkelstein is under attack for his criticism of Israel and the Zionist Lobby in the United States. With cracker right-wingers like ACTA and David Horowitz salivating over academics that don’t kneel over to praise Amerikkka, Churchill’s is unlikely to be the end of this kind of attack.
The day after Churchill was sacked, CU President Hank Brown met with wealthy bourgeois donors. He assured them that their money, gained from super exploitation of the oppressed nations of the world, would be spent wisely defending that system (2).