February 11, 2005
Churchill's Coming to Whitewater
UW-Whitewater chancellor Jack Miller is a strange man who's written a strange statement for why he's allowing anti-American Ward Churchill to speak on campus next month.
First, he says, "I find the decision to be repugnant because of the offensive nature of his [Churchill's] remarks." Yet he's still allowing Churchill to soil his campus.
Second, Miller mentions Churchill's problems with his academic and ethnic crediblity as having "his scholarship is being questioned and is now under review by his employer," yet "that does not negate his status as a frequent speaker on Native American issues." So, I guess questions of academic fraud dealing with the subject he is suppose to speak doesn't disqualify him. Theoretically does that mean I could make up a bunch of stuff about economics, claim I was an economist, use other's work as my own, and still speak at UW-Whitewater as an "economics expert?" In one of Miller's stipulations he acknowledges that the University of Colorado's investigation of Churchill could change his mind.
Third, Miller admits the university is "under no obligation to extend him an invitation" yet he sides with "First Amendment principles." I'm confused. If Churchill doesn't have a First Amendment right to speak at the campus then what principle is Miller siding with?
What's most odd about Miller's decision is he will personally make a contribution to fund a speaker he finds repugnant and offensive.
Miller wrote a letter to Churchill asking him to clarify his "little Eichmans" remark and "provide a more direct and personal response to those who were deeply hurt by your remarks."
Churchill's undignified response was full of bravado and spite. The arrogant professor encloses a response essay and declares it to be his "final clarification." In the letter there's no hint of sympathy toward the victims of Sep. 11, and no acknowledgement that he hurt many people with his words. Churchill the snidely writes,
While you do, one assumes, hold the prerogative to cancel the event on bona fide security grounds, your right to do so because of disagreements 'your own or othersí -- with certain political conclusions Iíve drawn is dubious at best.
This disgusting, egotistical man wants his money and his moment of fame. He intends to come to Whitewater, whether the speech is cancelled or not, and grab as much attention as he can.
"Churchill Gets OK to Speak at UW-Whitewater"
UPDATE: Seamus Heffernan looks at Ward Churchill's attack on capitalism and living a comfortable life:
The truly insufferable aspect of Churchill's piece is his callous dismissal of the people in those building, who, while talking on their phones and planning lunch, were doing what most of us have to do every day: work.
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