Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Ward Churchill

A Slate headline captured the essence of this situation: the article was titled "Ward Churchill: Victim, Moron." You can read one analysis here. I don't understand why Churchill was chosen for such attacks--if you open up the most current issue of Harper's magazine, you can read scathing criticism of Bush in poems by North Koreans; or just look at any Ted Rall cartoon. Perhaps it's because he's a hack and his credentials are so weak; perhaps not. I wish someone would have written an academic rebuttal to his work from a liberal perspective. Maybe I will do so at some point.


At 10:40 AM, Blogger Mair said...

You know, I totally agree that the whole Churchill thing is blown way out of proportion. Academic inquiry will almost always offend someone. It seems that he was definately singled out for reasons other than what he wrote. My opinion is, if you don't like it, read it and move on. It's the whole irony of attention. Hardly anyone would have been affected by his essay - only the few who travel in academic circles. Now, however, millions of people can get upset, freak out and call for his dismissal. It's absurd. I'm sure if you did a content analysis of all political academic journals published in any given year, you would find tons of potentially offensive material. I just don't get what all the fuss is about. His theory is a theory. Nothing more needs to be said.


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