EN102 On the Justice of Roosting Chickens (Churchill)

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Prof. Swanson EN102/ Spring 2009 Some People Push Back: On the Justice of Roosting Chickens Prof. Ward Churchill 12 September 2001 Prof. Ward Churchill (born October 2, 1947) is an American writer and political activist. He was a Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His area of study primarily focused on the historical treatment of political dissenters in American culture. His work is often characterized as “provocative” and “controversial” and is known for its direct and often confrontational style. Please notice the date of composition. Prof. Churchill claims to have stayed up all night on the evening of Sept. 11 to write a treatise on that day’s terrorist attacks. The next day, he distributed it to his students in class and held a lecture on its content. While leaving campus that evening, he was physically assaulted by several of his student, prompting a campus-wide investigation of the situation. He was placed on mandatory sabbatical, pending a hearing in which he was accused of abusing his position as a teacher to propagate his own incendiary political views. He claims that he should be protected by his Constitutional right to freedom of speech. This case has reached the Supreme Court and its verdict is still pending. In January 2005, this essay gained national publicity when he released it into widespread circulation. In March 2005, the University of Colorado began investigating allegations that Churchill had engaged in “research misconduct” on a separate publication. They claim that this violates his tenure, and in June 2006, he was fired for “research misconduct.” He claims the accusation is a smokescreen and that he was actually fired for writing this essay. Meet the "Terrorists" Of the men who came, there are a few things demanding to be said in the face of the unending torrent of disinformational drivel unleashed by George Junior and the corporate "news" media immediately following their successful operation on September 11.They did not, for starters, "initiate" a war with the US, much less commit "the first acts of war of the new millennium." A good case could be made that the war in which they were combatants has been waged more-or-less continuously by the "Christian West" – now proudly emblematized by the United States – against the "Islamic East" since the time of the First Crusade, about 1,000 years ago. More recently, one could argue that the war began when Lyndon Johnson first lent
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This note was uploaded on 09/30/2009 for the course IT 100 taught by Professor Pap during the Spring '09 term at Monmouth University-West Long Branch.

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