Skip to comments.The Genocide That Wasnít: Ward Churchillís Research Fraud
Posted on 02/08/2005 7:54:20 AM PST by freespirited
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Maybe we can't get Churchill fired, but we can certainly make sure he's discredited as the fraud that he is...
The treatment of the aboriginals by the government of the U.S. was a fairly straightforward military conquest, full of atrocities (the Nez Perce, the Cherokee, Sand Creek, etc.) and leaving us little of which to be proud. But it did not include biological warfare, nor was it an organized attept to wipe out American Indians. It is important not to ignore it, but it is also important not to simply make stuff up.
I have heard the smallpox blankets story many times and I'm ashamed to say I believed it. It's quite a revelation to learn the source.
He also came from Sangamon State University, a Marxist school set up by anti-War protesters from the Vietnam era and Woodstock leftovers. Sangamon didn't have a grading system nor traditional curricula. What's also strange is that they didn't appear to have a Bachelor's degree program at the time that Ward Churchill claims to have gotten his... details, details...
THIS HAS BEEN SHAMELESSY LIFTED FROM ANOTHER SITE:
In 1970 Sangamon State University, the smallest of Illinois' 12 state universities, was a different kind of place. Many students were not graded, for example, but received individualized evaluations instead. There were no large classes. No deans or department chairs--in fact, no departments. Interdisciplinary courses were the norm. Faculty were hired for their interest in teaching--without teaching assistants--and had no publish-or-perish requirement. SSU was designated "the public affairs university of Illinois" at a time when public affairs, for many of the faculty at least, meant opposing the war in Vietnam and devising alternatives to mainstream institutions. It was an upper-division institution designed for older students transferring in from community colleges and traditional four-year institutions less suited to their needs; the average age of undergraduates was over 30. Faculty and students who were around at the time describe those days with obvious affection.
In the interests of truth in advertising, though, SSU might more accurately have been deemed a university with at best radical potential and at worst radical pretensions. In hindsight, its initial design was flawed. From the very beginning it was vulnerable both to the external pressures of the market and to reactionary local elites and political conservatives in the state legislature and the governor's office. The radical interpretation that some of the new faculty and students had given to the "public affairs mandate" they had authorized came as a surprise. Within two years of the school's founding, SSU's administrators began to purge policies and personnel that stood in the way of normalization, beginning more than two decades of struggle between competing visions of what kind of university Sangamon was to be. Inevitable faculty debate over educational policy has almost always allowed administrators to selectively claim they were merely responding to those faculty desires most in keeping with their agenda, such as the conversion to a four year university. With the recent transition from SSU to UIS putting the administration and its faculty supporters firmly in control, the initial radical potential has now been almost totally gutted.
Is Churchill's middle name "Bellesiles"??? Their scholarly veracity seems quite similar.
While I despise tenure sometimes I also believe in the First Amendment and in academic freedom. No professor should ever be fired for expressing an unpopular thought; that's the essence of the First Amendment and academic inquiry. But propagating demonstrable lies is counter to every principle of the Academy. If liars are allowed to fluourish under the protection of tenure the institution will collapse. I now believe Ward Churchill is toast. It's time to go after more of these academic frauds, and there are some who have very high profiles.
Yes. Academic freedom protects his rather stupid political ideas, but not fraudulent scholarship. It's rare to get someone for fraud, but it does occur. Thomas Brown's article is a good start.
Interestingly enough, the well known painter George Catlin visited with and memorialized the Mandans just before they were almost wiped out by the smallpox epidemic. They are one of the best documented Indian groups. Besides, his paintings are gorgeous. We saw an extensive collection in D.C. year before last.
Medicine man Mah-to-he-ha in his ceremonial regalia.
I've read pros and cons about Amherst's guilt, but the letters I read seemed to indicate that he was guilty.
Thanks. I just sent the link to the article to UW-Whitewater's chancellor, Jack Miller, (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a polite note to please consider its contents when making his decision.
They don't look Welsh to me, but what do I know? My grandmother was part Welsh, but still . . .
The more I read about this guy, the more I believe he's mentally unstable.
In other words, they knew . . . they just didn't know WHY.
In so doing he has the right to express whatever views he wishes -- short of treason, libel, fraud, perjury and the most extreme and direct provocation to riot or insurrection (that is before a crowd already primed to act with violence). Moreover -- and this is where the 1st comes in -- the GOVERNMENT IS FORBIDDEN EXPRESSLY to infringe upon that common law right. You see, the Constitution is a charter upon the Government's activities, not a charter constraining or permitting any action of the People's. That is so except for two specific clauses that do restrain the People, by their assent of ratification of the Charter. One such clause is the allowance for grant of copyright and patent. The other is treason.
Where does government get the authority to restrain the free actions of the People -- through the common law.
You will find this interesting.
Thanks for posting this.
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