The Theater of Outrage
5:33 pm, 1/28/05
The Theater of Outrage
Glenn Reynolds is having a lot of fun
with this creep
It's deja vu all over again. Less than two months after Hamilton College tried to hire a former Weather Underground activist who was indicted in the 1981 Brinks murders, the Clinton, N.Y., liberal-arts college plans to showcase a cheerleader for the 9/11 attacks. Just the sort of thing parents pay nearly $40,000 a year in tuition and board to have their children hear.
Among the invited panelists is Indian activist Ward Churchill, who teaches ethnic studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. While Mr. Churchill has caused controversy in the past--founders of the American Indian Movement denounced him as a "white" and a "fraud"--his screeds usually attract little notice outside obscure Marxist Web sites and the like.
On Sept. 12, 2001, however, Mr. Churchill performed an act of extraordinary crepitation, even for him. In "Some People Push Back: On the Justice of Roosting Chickens," he saluted the "gallant sacrifices" of the "combat teams" that struck the Pentagon and World Trade Center, asserting that the people who worked there ("braying . . . into their cell phones") and died that day deserved what they got.
I wonder if it's occurred to Churchill that as a pagan, Islamic fundamentalists believe him to be the worst kind of Infidel
, vain and incapable of intellect or fruitfulness, destined for failure and destruction. (Churchill believes, among other things
, that his people sprang from a lake.) He's really not the guy you want picking teams for volleyball.
The chairman of Hamilton's board of trustees, Stuart Scott, e-mailed Ms. Burlingame to say that the decision to invite Mr. Churchill was "a bad one" that made him "angry." However, "many who despise him feel he must be allowed to speak as a matter of principle. We have insisted that a person who opposes his rantings be on stage and empanelled with him."
Now that sounds like an edifying debate: 9/11 was good vs. 9/11 was bad. In a way, it's almost pathetic to see little Hamilton, with its at least 77% Caucasian student body, pretend to teach students about "diversity" and the real world by carting in rent-a-radicals to indoctrinate them in the theater of outrage. Except that it goes on all the time, at campuses everywhere, and the perpetrators are counting on normal people not to have the energy to constantly push back.
As Dr. Evil would say, there's nothing more pathetic than an aging hipster.
at 10:35 PM, 1/28/05
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at 03:51 AM, 1/29/05
Has anybody notice that he's got that whole Matthias from "Omega Man" vibe going?
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at 09:19 AM, 1/29/05
LOL, good one Ernst......
sounds like this guys problems could be solved bya good scope sited rifle............
oh did i say that?
at 11:28 AM, 1/29/05
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at 06:15 PM, 1/29/05
He's been rebelling his whole life against his parents, who gave him the name Ward.
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He's outa there!!!
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