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April 2, 2005

The Ward Churchill Show Comes to San Francisco

Just how crazy are Ward Churchill and his admirers? To get an idea, check out the eyewitness report documented by zombie, which comes thoughtfully augmented with photographs and sound clips.

The report is on a WC appearance at The Women's Building in San Francisco's Mission District on last March 25, intended in part to push his book On the Justice of Roosting Chickens: Reflections on the Consequences of U.S. Imperial Arrogance and Criminality. The roosting chickens theme will be familiar to anyone who has followed the appalling spectacle that is The Ward Churchill Show; the infamous essay in which he praised the 9/11 hijackers and called the people who died at the World Trade Center "little Eichmanns" was entitled "Some People Push Back: On the Justice of Roosting Chickens." The theme has given rise to a fashion statement on the part of WC's disciples that must be seen to be believed (photo below).

The Churchill gig — one of a series — was quite a success; you had to have bought a ticket in advance to get in the door. Most of the audience of over 300 cheered enthusiastically throughout his rambling diatribes.

Although WC indulged heavily in postmodern incoherence, his speechifying was informative in a few respects. On the issue of his educational background (hired and promoted simply for being an "Indian," Churchill is believed to have very little education):

I didn't have a college education or all that.

This is a college professor, discussing the educational background that was sufficient for him to be hired and eventually granted tenure and promoted to department head at a major University. Try not to think about that while you're writing out checks for your kids' tuition.

Mental Ward also helped clear up the issue of whether he really is part Indian. He is an Indian based on his own claim that his mother and grandmother told him he was. Now that the issue is settled, he announced that he will not cooperate with the University of Colorado's investigation into his enhanced heritage.

By the way, Churchill's Indian-free family tree can be viewed as a PDF file here, thanks to Pirate Ballerina.

To the appreciative applause of his fans, WC proposed an interesting approach to political activism: representatives of the United States Government should be killed:

I have these delightful visions which is what puts me to sleep at night of Madeleine Albright, Jesse Helms, and Henry Kissinger all in a nice neat little row with nooses around their neck and [audience applause]... And the current crop is amply entitled to the same destiny as far as I'm concerned. Do I think anybody's going to do it? Well, that's an interesting question. Who would be doing it? There's only one possible answer: you. We. Us.

His audience was surely grateful for the moral justification he offered for the political violence he advocates. After urging anyone disturbed enough to be listening sympathetically to do "whatever it is that turns out to be necessary" to replace the United States as we know it with a system more to his liking, he observed:

If that means people gotta suffer here a bit, then they brought it on themselves.

After the Q&A, the crowd gave him a standing ovation.

This won't be the first time I've pointed out that Ward Churchill is an exception in the realm of academia that produced him only in that his lunacy was made public when the relatives of some 9/11 victims got wind of his planned appearance at Hamilton College in upstate New York. If Churchill's views were not regarded as acceptable, he would have been run out on a rail years ago. The controversy surrounding Larry Summers illustrates how tolerant academia is toward anyone who expresses views deemed to be heretical.

Churchill is more an exaggeration than an aberration. Although he may have a larger mouth than some, and be a bit more prone to self-caricature, he is definitely one of the boys — a representative of an institutional culture that has got to be reformed for the sake of our society's future.

Hat tip: V the K.


Admirers of the tenured college professor Ward Churchill express their devotion.

Posted by Van Helsing at April 2, 2005 11:34 AM


Dunghill is one of the boys.

If any other professional in any other field were to have engaged in the sheer dishonesty that he apparently has, they would probably be liable for damages to their employer.

If (god help the rest of you) I should ever spawn little TripleNecks, I would shop their school like anything else-- would you send your kid to a summer camp where they would be politically indoctrinated? Not me-- so I can't see sending them to a school without the same kind of vetting.

I went to a Quaker scool for ten years as a kid, and we were fed all kinds of America-hating nonsense. I was a little smarter than to be taken in even as a kid, but it was there at every turn. Even music classes were full of scorn for Western culture leavened with multiculturalist dogma.

Posted by: TripleNeckSteel at April 2, 2005 9:06 PM

I believe Quakers took Jeremy Hinzman under their wing when he slithered off to Canada after deserting. His behavior must have struck a sympathetic cord.

Posted by: Van Helsing at April 3, 2005 11:12 AM

Why are these Anti-American, Terrorist, Treasonist bastards allowed to breath the air our fore fathers died to provide?

Posted by: Terrence Jackson at April 6, 2005 8:56 PM