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September 28, 2005

William Bradford: The Anti–Ward Churchill

From the point of view of a moonbat, what could be more intolerable than a black conservative? The way blacks with the independence and self-respect to stray from the Democratic plantation are treated, you might think nothing. But what about a patriotic Indian?

There's no reason that Indians shouldn't be patriotic, or any reason to think that they aren't — but don't spread that around in the morbid alternate reality known as academia.

Indiana University Associate Professor William Bradford has gotten himself into hot water by refusing to sign a petition in support of faux Indian Ward Churchill and Churchill's belief that those who died on 9/11 deserved what they got for being "little Eichmanns." What makes this thoroughly unforgivable is the fact that unlike Churchill, Bradford really is part Indian (half Apache).

Bradford's other sins include support for Operation Iraqi Freedom and writing a defense of a flag display put up after 9/11 (it was eventually taken down by his left-wing colleagues). He is also a Gulf War vet who served in the U.S. Army infantry from 1994 to 2001. Despite impressive productivity and popularity with his students, he has been denied tenure on the grounds that he is "uncollegial" — a term that is evidently synonymous with "politically incorrect."

The petition was circulated by IU law professor Florence Wagman Roisman, a certifiable moonbat who openly takes pride in her fanaticism. One of her leftist jihads involved successfully removing evergreens from holiday displays at the law school at Christmastime. Roisman, who seems to have taken an active roll in blackballing Bradford, is a walking parody of ivory tower hypocrisy. Here she goes:

I find it ironic that Professor Bradford is going to the media to complain about his status here and he doesn’t understand why academics supported a tenured professor whose tenure was being threatened. The whole point is that people who teach — whether or not they are tenured — should enjoy freedom to express what they believe to be accurate, true or important. I don't have to agree with Professor Ward Churchill to support him. I support his right to think what he thinks is accurate.

But what Professor Bradford thinks is accurate is forbidden — particularly for an Indian.

It's no wonder that only jellyfish float to the top in the sea of academia these days. Anyone with a spine is set upon by sharks. If Bradford were only a contemptible weasel willing to endorse Ward Churchill and malign his own country, he would probably have his tenure by now. But his self-respect is worth considerably more.

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William Bradford

Posted by Van Helsing at September 28, 2005 9:00 PM