Skip to comments.University of Hawaii Professors Launch Aggressive Fundraising Effort to sponsor Churchill as speaker
Posted on 02/17/2005 9:05:19 PM PST by FairOpinion
University of Hawaii Professors Launch Aggressive Fundraising Effort to Sponsor Highly Controversial, Anti-American Speaker
Ward Churchill, Who Says 9-11 Victims are Not 'Innocent' and Terrorists are 'Combat Teams,' Being Invited to Main Manoa Campus; Not All Professors, Students are Pleased
University of Hawaii professors have organized an aggressive fundraising effort to bring Ward Churchill, a highly controversial professor based at the University of Colorado and activist in the American Indian Movement, to lecture at the Universitys Manoa Campus, according to an internal memo obtained by Hawaii Reporter.
Churchill, who prides himself on publishing inflammatory anti-American propaganda, came into the national spotlight in recent weeks for his declaration in a recently published essay that the victims killed and injured in the 9-11 attack on America were not "innocent."
In Churchills essay "Some People Push Back; On the Justice of Roosting Chickens," he writes: "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 and they did so both willingly and knowingly. Recourse to "ignorance" a derivative, after all, of the word "ignore" counts as less than an excuse among this relatively well-educated elite. To the extent that any of them were unaware of the costs and consequences to others of what they were involved in and in many cases excelling at it was because of their absolute refusal to see. More likely, it was because they were too busy braying, incessantly and self-importantly, into their cell phones, 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."
Churchill writes "terrorists" who slammed their planes into the World Trade Center killing 3,000 Americans, are not in fact terrorists, rather they are "combat teams." He claims Americans got what they deserved when Americans were murdered on American soil because America has killed 500,000 Iraqi children. He says the attacks on Sept. 11 were "a natural and inevitable consequence of what happens as a result of business as usual in the United States. Wake up."
See the full essay at: http://cryptome.org/ward-churchill.htm
Many of the families of victims in the 9-11 terrorist attack on America said his comments were hurtful. Matt Coppo, a sophomore whose father died in the World Trade Center attacks, told the mainland media: "His views are completely hurtful to the families of 3,000 people."
Jon Goldberg-Hiller, Ph.D., the chair of the University of Hawaii Political Science Department, says in a memo obtained by Hawaii Reporter that he is sure there will be controversy over Churchills visit.
Hiller says Churchills visit is being coordinated by "a number of his friends and colleagues across the university," and he asks the Department to help sponsor the speech by funding Churchills honorarium.
"As I am certain that Churchill's visit will provoke some community controversy, I am also certain that we will share some of this attention because of this donation. Whether you support Churchill or not, I do hope, when questioned, that you will speak to the issues of academic fairness, protection for controversial ideas and conservative attempts to limit the scope of political speech, indigenous rights, and identity politics that put this particular controversy in its broader context."
Hiller could not be reached for further comment.
University of Hawaii Political Science Professor Kate Zhou says she is upset that Churchill has received so much support from the University of Hawaii, when much more qualified and well respected academics and authors have been snubbed. Last year, Zhou says, she attempted to get a prominent Washington Post writer and Pulitzer Prize winner to Hawaii, but the faculty did not support this speaker, or many others who could share with students their valuable experiences. Many students also are upset about Churchills visit, Zhou says.
Ward will be raking in the bucks for being a fraud , a liar and most importantly..anti American.
This is why Churchill should be terminated. I hope you enjoy this analysis. It is well footnoted.
coming to an island near you
The Islands of Hawaii were invaded by White male Imperialists. They have desecrated the land of the Native Indians. The Whites have taken these people's land to build their empire.
Ward Churchill - the tar baby for the left.
Follow the schools who want him, then put a black mark by their names. This will be fun!
I hope you've got tenure, Kate, because if you don't you never will.
The loons are in full control of the institution.
I read that book and saw the movie already ;)
Why has the left embraced this man? I thought they knew the American People were all about Values now? (because you know they've never been about values before)
Native Indians? In Hawaii?
I never noticed.
what is wrong with these people??
It's fun to blame everything on the white male.
Thanks for the ping. Please, see post 3. You may not have seen that analysis.
I smell the putrid, stinking hand of Haunani Trask in this. She is the equal of Ward Churchill in all things dishonest and disloyal.
As an aside, calling Churchill an activist in the (capitalized) "American Indian Movement" is misleading if not downright untrue. The American Indian Movement has disowned and discredited Ward Churchill as a self-promoting fraud. They have no use for him whatsoever.
And neither should ANY self-respecting organization, educational or otherwise.
That is because the people had mass genocide waged against them, and now they suffer from the Tourism industry.
By the way: In all the Islands I've been to, The native people LOVE the tourists. Tourism is their livlihood. My sister was amazed because she was shown a video in one of her College classes on how the natives in one of the Islands we visited were oppressed and how WE (the tourists) killed their farming industry. Turns out- when we spoke to a native- IT was their local independent government's corruption.
Thanks; but your post 3 is what I pinged other freepers to.
I just found this article -- it seems like tenured professors CAN be fired and some of them were -- right at the University of Colorado.
Review Of Churchill's Writings Under Way
"The regents have fired two tenured professors in the past five years. Chemical engineering professor Igor Gamow was dismissed in April after seven women accused him of sexual harassment and other misconduct over 12 years. Gamow's review took two years. He has denied their claims.
In February 2000, after a three-year review, the regents fired Mahinder Uberoi from the College of Engineering and Applied Science for "demonstrable professional incompetency, neglect of duty, insubordination" and other conduct. They declined to offer specifics. Uberoi filed discrimination lawsuits against the university, but they were dismissed.
Under CU's "Laws of the Regents," faculty members can dismissed when the regents determine the "good of the university" requires it.
The U.S. Supreme Court and federal appellate courts have repeatedly ruled that the academic freedom of professors in public colleges and universities is protected by the First Amendment, according to the American Association of University Professors.
But the organization said courts have determined that academic freedom is not absolute. "
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