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February 08, 2005

Ward Churchill: Digging Deep on the Incompetent Professor

It seems that the incompetent one has cleverly abused the affirmative action ideals to his advantage:

The Truth is Tricky for Churchill

Consider: Churchill has constructed his entire academic career around the claim that he is a Native American, yet it turns out there is no evidence, other than his own statements, that this is the case.

Churchill has said at various times that he is either one-sixteenth or three-sixteenths Cherokee, yet genealogical reporting by the Rocky Mountain News and others has failed to turn up any Cherokee ancestors - or any other Native Americans - in Churchill's family tree.

Why should we care one way or another? We should care because Churchill has used his supposed Indian heritage to bully his way into academia. Indeed Churchill lacks what are normally considered the minimum requirements for a tenure-track job at a research university: he never earned a doctorate, and his only degrees are a bachelor's and a master's from a then-obscure Illinois college.

Churchill's lack of conventional academic credentials was apparently compensated for, at least in part in the eyes of those who hired him at the University of Colorado, by the "fact" that he contributed to the ethnic diversity of the school's tenure-track faculty.

His fraud gets even worse:

Thomas Brown, a professor of sociology at Lamar University, has written a paper that outlines what looks like a more conventional form of academic fraud on Churchill's part. According to Brown, Churchill fabricated a story about the U.S. Army intentionally creating a smallpox epidemic among the Mandan tribe in 1837, by simply inventing almost all of the story's most crucial facts, and then attributing these "facts" to sources that say nothing of the kind.

"One has only to read the sources that Churchill cites to realize the magnitude of his fraudulent claims for them," Brown writes. "We are not dealing with a few minor errors here. We are dealing with a story that Churchill has fabricated almost entirely from scratch. The lack of rationality on Churchill's part is mind-boggling." (Brown's essay: Ward Churchill)

But he espouses leftist ideals. That makes him smart enough and qualified enough for the job, right?

Um...right? (I mean, left?)

Posted by Jeff at February 8, 2005 02:39 PM


Ah. The old 'there was never any smallpox' fabrication--when what got me interested, was that it was the only story that did interest me in my American History textbook, way back when I was 15, in 1954. Now, I don't think Churchill was even BORN back then. So if he 'fabricated' from something like my ancient long-lost (and mostly, unlamented) high school textbook--you got to at least admit, his so-called 'fabrication' was, according to all evidence--right on the mark, and factual as all hell.

I don't know about any of this other stuff--the battle between Churchill and the Right, Left or Center--but I do know what I read, way back when.

You want to discuss this further, email me, cause I don't think I'll be making my way back here anytime soon.

Posted by: Val at October 16, 2006 01:56 AM

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