(Updated 2/5/2005): It turns out Professor X, Ward Churchill, who claims to be Native American, isn't. Lots of good opinion at The Cranky Professor and Big Arm Woman, #1, and Big Arm Woman, #2. Churchill has "retracted" his statment.
(Updated 2/1/2005): The scene is that Professor X (of institution #1) has been invited to speak at institution #2, not by officials of the institution but a project housed at the institution. The scandal is that Professor X has publicly stated that the civilians murdered by the terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001 deserved to die. The president of institution #2 has decided that the correct thing to do is to (1) uphold the speaking invitation and (2) convene a panel to debate and refute Professor X's assertions. Professor X, Ward Churchill, is also scheduled to speak at Wheaton College, Norton, MA, Mar. 29, 2005 and at Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA, Apr. 5, 2005. It will be interesting to see what is made of those appearances.
Lawrence Parker thought hiphoppas should have cheered the death of many in the World Trade Center Towers. Professor X, Ward Churchill also claims that those who died in the WTC deserved to die, because they were running the "mighty engine of profit".
They formed a technocratic corps at the very heart of America's global financial empire – the "mighty engine of profit" to which the military dimension of U.S. policy has always been enslaved – and they did so both willingly and knowingly. Recourse to "ignorance" – a derivative, after all, of the word "ignore" – counts as less than an excuse among this relatively well-educated elite.--" "Some People Push Back" On the Justice of Roosting Chickens ">
( KRSOne cheers Trade Center deaths I am sure all the working-class folks who died would be glad to know that they were not innocent victims.)