Monday, March 07, 2005

Mumia Declares "Churchill is Right"

In a new article posted at his website, Mumia Abu-Jamal declares that disgraced, discredited, pseudo-historian, and wannabee native American, Ward Churchill "is right".

But what exactly is Churchill "right" about in Jamal's eyes? Apparently Jamal agrees with Churchills view that the 2000+ Americans killed in the Sept 11th attacks were nothing more than Nazis. Consider Churchill's words:

"Well, really. Let's get a grip here, shall we? True enough, they were civilians of a sort. But innocent? Gimme a break. 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. To the extent that any of them were unaware of the costs and consequences to others of what they were involved in and in many cases excelling at it was because of their absolute refusal to see. More likely, it was because they were too busy braying, incessantly and self-importantly, into their cell phones, arranging power lunches and stock transactions, each of which translated, conveniently out of sight, mind and smelling distance, into the starved and rotting flesh of infants. If there was a better, more effective, or in fact any other way of visiting some penalty befitting their participation upon the little Eichmanns inhabiting the sterile sanctuary of the twin towers, I'd really be interested in hearing about it. "

I am left speechless.

Thankfully people far more articulate than I have already eviscerated the above argument and the charlatan that espoused it. As far as Churchill's alleged "Native heritage" is concerned, it appears he has none. According to Colorado University Law Professor Paul Campos:

"Consider: Churchill has constructed his entire academic career around the claim that he is a Native American, yet it turns out there is no evidence, other than his own statements, that this is the case.
Churchill has said at various times that he is either one-sixteenth or three-sixteenths Cherokee, yet genealogical reporting by the Rocky Mountain News and others has failed to turn up any Cherokee ancestors - or any other Native Americans - in Churchill's family tree.
Why should we care one way or another? We should care because Churchill has used his supposed Indian heritage to bully his way into academia. Indeed Churchill lacks what are normally considered the minimum requirements for a tenure-track job at a research university: he never earned a doctorate, and his only degrees are a bachelor's and a master's from a then-obscure Illinois college.
Churchill's lack of conventional academic credentials was apparently compensated for, at least in part in the eyes of those who hired him at the University of Colorado, by the "fact" that he contributed to the ethnic diversity of the school's tenure-track faculty. "


But what about Churchill's actual argument, that those in the Twin Towers were some kind of bureaucratic enablers of genocide? Swarthmore professor Timothy Burke answers Churchill and at the same time places Churchill's revisionism in it's proper context:

"Churchill, like others, constructs the hegemony of global capitalism and Western domination as being near-total. The unmitigated and simplistic totalizing that suffuses Churchill's writing makes it impossible to explain his own existence and professional success or anyone like him. He is incarnated impossibility of his own analysis. The only contradiction Western domination faces is produced, according to his oeuvre, by the dedicated and militant resistance of its subjects. But how is it possible that a totalizing system of domination permits such an uncompromising practicioner of resistance to publish over 11 books and occupy a tenured position at a university? (I know, I know: doubtless from a Churchillian perspective, the recent controversy is the system finally getting around to slapping him down. Quite a delayed reaction if so.)
Churchill's scholarly oeuvre is practically a guided tour of every trope of identity politics: polemical extensions of the concept of genocide into every possible institutional or social interaction between the colonized and colonizer, erasures of any historical or programmatic distinctions between colonizers in different eras or systems, reduction of all history and contemporary society into a sociologically and morally simple binary schema of colonizer and colonized (hence the remark that the people in the Twin Towers were "little Eichmanns" while Iraqis are literally infantilized into starving babies and nothing more), pervasive indictments of systems of representation, and aggressive assertions of exclusive cultural, moral, political and economic ownership of anything and everything connected with a particular identity group (Native Americans in this case)."


How funny it is that a fake journalist and real murderer would take up for a fake intellectual who defends real murderers. On second thought, it's not funny, not funny at all.

20 Comments:

At 11:13 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It would indeed appear that Churchill has been exposed as a fraud, but the question also has to be the university of Colorado's culpability in hiring him without properly researching his backgroud.
His theory of the "Little Eichemans" is wihout a doubt is a stretch.
One thing I would disagree with is Mumia being a "fake journalist". No doubt you have your diffrences and every right to them but Mumia did graduate from college as a journalist and worked for NPR for a stint. No matter you greivnaces with him to imply his credentials are as fake as Churchill's now appear to be is a bit disingenous.

 
At 11:09 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ward Churchill is a scholar, sorry you discredit him because you disagree with him.

He is native American if he claims to be, I don't require people to show me "proof" of their ethnicity. Not to mention the fact that Ward has written extensively about genocide here in the US, a very unpopular topic among white Americans like Mr. Allen, but particularly the way this government uses native American membership rolls and blood quantum in order to "prove" your heritage. It is this technique that allows the census to say there are less native people around than there really are. 500 years of murderous rampage by white Americans will no doubt lessen the native population especially when biological warfare is used, and rewrads are paid for the heads of Native men, women and children- all well documented historical FACT that Ward teaches today while other "educators" try to bury. Mr. Allen has now made the leap from Mumia and MOVE hater to a hater of anything remotely having to do with MOVE and Mumia, ie- Mumia writing in defense of Ward. Mr. Allen has never broached the subject of Ward before, but feels compelled to jump on the bandwagon with the likes of Bill O'Reilly, Ann Coulter and Joe Scarborough; and probably his new best friend Mike Smerconush!

Tony Allen and this blog are insignificant in the big picture. While he may have one or two visitors today, and tomorrow; in 10 years times, Mumia,MOVE, and Ward Churchill will still be around leading the movement for justice; and where will Tony be?

Does anyone really give a shit?

 
At 3:01 PM , Anonymous Lori Allen said...

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At 6:34 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

whats next tony. are you going to diss ossie davis too? mumia wrote about him???

 
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At 6:59 AM , Anonymous jon pisano said...

If I may, anonymous (is it jon) I would like some insight into your" injustice of Mumia's case and the MOVE 9." Of course you will use affirmed facts of both cases to show the injustice..correct. I'm not as schooled as Mr.Allen or his wife in posting. I'm just a little guy brought up in the streets of Philadelphia

 
At 4:46 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

insight? and no it's not jon, that's your name.

in a racist society, culture, government etc, during a time when it was all out war on panthers, aim members, civil rights leaders, a program of murder, lies and mayhem founded by the fbi called counterintelligence program- a black man, member of the black panthers, can't get a fair trial. this is not rocket science- you need to look up cointelpro- murders of mlk, malcolm x, fred hampton, mark clark, george jackson and many more. mumia's case and that of the move 9 is a part of this legacy. trumped up charges, rigged judges and juries, fabricated evidence- it's all part of cointelpro.

 
At 9:09 PM , Anonymous Lori Allen said...

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At 8:53 PM , Blogger Tony Allen said...

It looks like there is more trouble for Ward Churchill. It seems that he may also be a plagarist.

Check out http://msnbc.msn.com/id/7156384/

 
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At 6:59 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didn't mean to double or triple post, please dit if you can. Blogger is STILL having probs with comments.

 
At 11:35 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is the deal with all these deleted posts? That's bullshit.

 
At 11:59 PM , Blogger Tony Allen said...

Dear Anonymous,

The deleted posts that you are refering to are articles that ones that I have asked people to not reprint here, but rather to include links too.

Aside from that the only other things that are deleted posts are "test" posts that I deleted when I was trying to get fix the "comments" issues and when somebody inadvertently posts the same comment repeatedly

 
At 12:27 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was reading what you had to say about MOVE... then I noticed this, and read it, and realized that you now have about ZERO credibility. These ancient, and bogus, attempts to discredit Ward Churchill are an extension of the same sort of counter-intelligence program brought down AIM and the Black Panther Party. The irony is grand, considering Churchill, along with Jim Vander Wall, authored what is likely the most thorough and accurate analysis of the available information on this sort of program, but for years it's actually been turned against him.

If you had half a clue about what you're spewing, you'd *know* that Churchill is continually 'bad-jacketed' and slandered by the same folks who killed Anna May Aquash or landed Leonard Peltier in prison -- the Bellecourt brothers are paid informants, and their phony Grand Governing Council (more properly known as AIM Inc.) is a joke to native americans who actually fight for indigenous autonomy and self-determination. If you'd done the most basic research on AIM Incorporated -- like simply visiting their web site -- you'd see that they are hardly concerned with advancing native rights issues... in addition to ripping off the ubiquitous campaign to free Leonard Peltier (which in this case actually only puts cadillacs under the Bellecourt's asses, and Rolex on their wrists) their 'organization' (which is really a corporation receiving millions in federal funds) is dedicated to discrediting Ward Churchill.

With the latest controversy around his name, the Bellecourts and the phoney AIM from Minn. Minnesota smelled blood and came crawling out of the shadows, like they always do. And predictably, gullible biased idiots, like yourself -- looking for any reason to hate this supposedly monolithic "left" -- fall for their shit every time. While Clyde & Vernon Bellecourt laugh all the way to the bank... and their overlords (and ours) laugh all the way to the war.

You should enlist.. little Eichman.

 
At 10:24 AM , Anonymous jon pisano said...

If one reads the article on the Mumia web site regarding the caged animals in California and drawing a comparison of claiming innocence of the MOVE 9 is a far strrrreeeech. Both attacked a human being only the difference, and a proven difference, is the MOVE 9 murdered Officer Ramp and wounded several Firefighters and Officers. The article, as usual, has more twists and turns than Ridge Ave. in Philly

 

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