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Ward Churchill, Ethnic Studies Professor, on 9/11 and Freedom of Speech (2/9/05) | [Ward Churchill]

Ward Churchill, Ethnic Studies Professor, on 9/11 and Freedom of Speech (2/9/05)

At the University of Colorado in Boulder, Ethnic Studies Professor Ward Churchill addressed his comments about the victims of 9/11 and the importance of freedom of speech. He spoke to a crowd of about 1,200 students and other supporters. He is introduced by Native American activist Russell Means.
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At the University of Colorado in Boulder, Ethnic Studies Professor Ward Churchill addressed his comments about the victims of 9/11 and the importance of freedom of speech. He spoke to a crowd of about 1,200 students and other supporters. He is introduced by Native American activist Russell Means.

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    Michael Baltimore, MD, USA 09-07-06
    Michael Baltimore, MD, USA 09-07-06 Member Since 2002
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    "15 minutes of fame"

    What is lacking in Churchill’s speech is his stated intention: clarity. What does he intend the phrase “little Eichmann” to mean? He will not say. Who are the little Eichmanns who died in the World Trade Towers? He tells us who they were not, e.g. the janitors, food workers, passers-by, but he is unable to articulate exactly who these little Eichmanns are (were). He thinks that everyone should understand and appreciate that by invoking Eichmann’s name, he is referring to the technocrats that do the work of empires whose policies result in genocide.

    What? Let us have some perspective here. Adolph Eichmann knowingly and enthusiastically organized the identification, assembly, and transportation of Jews from occupied Europe explicitly for the purpose of killing them in the extermination camps in Poland. No one disputes this. Everyone understands this. What does “Eichmann” mean other than this? Who in the World Trade Towers does Ward think is guilty of this?

    Ward talks about connecting the dots? Ward is a sophomore preaching at sophomores. I use the word “at” intentionally. MB

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    James Marenisco, MI, USA 10-24-05
    James Marenisco, MI, USA 10-24-05
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    "Not worth the price"

    Yes I got it free and it was still not worth the price. I figure someone owes me for one hour and five minutes of my life that I will never get back. This lecture is not referring to 9/11, it refers to a professor who taught his own form of revisionist history and is now paying the consequences. He laments the plight of the Native American while admitting he didn't recognize his heritage till he was in his 20's and it is that, not his 3/16th blood line that disqualifies him from being an "expert" on the subject. It only rated one star because of his insites on the Dutch purchase of Manhattan. So I guess someone only owes me an hour of my life since that 5 minutes was ok.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Reno, NV, USA 10-02-08
    Mark Reno, NV, USA 10-02-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Thought provoking"

    I really enjoyed this discussion. It starts with an unnamed person talking about the treatment of American Indians, bringing up how they're the only ethnic group in the world that has to prove ancestry in order to claim to belong to the group. Then there's Churchill's talk plus Q&A. Some of it is moot now but it doesn't really require any knowledge of his travails at the University of Colorado to get what's going on. Basically, he wrote a 20-page essay that contained one phrase that some people objected to -- claiming that some people working at the World Trade Center were part of a Nazi-like machine devoted to exploiting and even killing people in other countries for profit. He goes back to the massacre of Indians by white Europeans near the site of the World Trade Center and how the white Europeans celebrated by using the Indians' heads as soccer balls for a game. And he brings things forward from there. One area where I think Churchill failed was when someone brought up how he wants freedom of speech to say the things he says (which many find offensive) and his protests to keep others from marching in Columbus Day parades from expressing their opinions. He cites the 9th Amendment saying it trumps the 1st Amendment. Couldn't people say the same about his opinions? Regardless, I found the whole thing very thought-provoking from the first word to the last.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Boris Wilmington, NC, USA 02-18-05
    Boris Wilmington, NC, USA 02-18-05 Member Since 2001
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    "Phony Native American Hides Behind Tenure"

    The fake Native American uses his tenure to launch a disgusting assault against the victims of 911 and the US, while continuing to draw a salary from a state university ( paid by the taxes of those he slanders and reviles). Disgusting. Irrational. Don't line his pockets any further.

    20 of 35 people found this review helpful
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    Maggie APEX, NC, United States 12-01-11
    Maggie APEX, NC, United States 12-01-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Disorganized, Incomprehensible, Irrational"

    Other than the passion of the two speakers there is nothing of value to be found here.
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    There's no cohesion to the thousands of random sentences he spouts. I felt I was listening to schizophrenic who hasn't been taking his medications

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Flavius Morro Bay, CA, United States 05-03-09
    Flavius Morro Bay, CA, United States 05-03-09 Member Since 2009
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    "The World Needs Clowns"

    I listened to this talk because I wanted to know what all the fuss was about. The speeche kept my intetest for the whole time, but when it was finished, I found myself feeling sorry for Ward Churchill. His arguments are so filled with inaccuracies, half-truths and distortions that the only appreciative audience he can find is pampered rich kids who want so badly to "bring the whole corrupt system down" (at least for a few years until that first high-paying post college job).

    What was perhaps most revealing was Churchill's insistance on his Native American bona fides. It seems that he wants so badly to belong to this group to which he has no or little actual ethnic ties. His need for acceptance is palpable.

    Another reviewer pointed out Churchill's delightfully hypocritical belief that his right to protest a Columbus Day parade is protected under the 1st Amendment, but your right to march in that same parade is not.

    I'd call Ward Churchill a huckster, but I don't think it quite fits. One, he lacks the finesse. Two, I think he believes at least 90% of what he says.

    I did appreciate Churchill's conviction in not backing down from his statements (completely, anyway). If you're gonna say something as provocative as what he said, then you'd better ride that wave all the way to the beach. To paraphrase Churchill, "I didn't come here to apologize. Clarification is another thing." For that at least, good for him.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Vince Bray Oak Park, IL United States 09-25-06
    Vince Bray Oak Park, IL United States 09-25-06 Member Since 2002

    Woof

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    "What A Country"

    If this "professor" lived in Iran & made a speech like this about Iran, he would be dead now. Lucky for him we are a country which tolerates all views, even ones that we find repellent.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Scott San Francisco, CA, USA 04-11-05
    Scott San Francisco, CA, USA 04-11-05
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    "The radical Left"

    Listen to something very hard to find in this country: a perspective from the radical left. In this speech Mr. Churchill defends his use of the phrase "little Eichmanns" in describing some of the 9/11 victims. He is an extremely eloquent and charismatic speaker, and this event was passion filled. If opinions to the left of John Kerry offend you, then you won't like this. But if you have an open mind and aren't afraid to hear the U.S. criticized harshly, you'll like it.

    11 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan MelbourneAustralia 03-15-06
    Bryan MelbourneAustralia 03-15-06
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    "Breathe of fresh air"

    The view from Australia of a nation that re-elects Bush is not entirely complimentary, so its a breathe of fresh air to know that there are voices that bravely challenge powers in these dark times, regardless of consequence. Congrats to Audible for publishing a voice and a view so infrequntly heard. Not for those that believe the administration when they tell you that Saddam was behind 9/11.

    5 of 18 people found this review helpful
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