Ward Churchill, the University of Colorado prof who quit his department Chair job but kept his teaching position after calling people who died in the World Trade Centers “Little Eichmanns“, has brought forward a little needed debate– Other than the pivotal question of exactly how crazy is he.
Here’s the deal. Every time some professor does or says something stupid, which is about as common as Courtney Love falling down, there’s some talk of firing them, but then usually nothing happens. How did simply being a college prof get to be such an untouchable position?
Consider this. A company near where I live has fired employees for smoking cigarettes on their own time. The company, however whacked out they may be, didn’t want the body of any employee polluted.
Over in Colorado, along comes Ward Churchill, looking like Alexander Godenov’s unshowered younger brother, toting leftist literature in a hemp-woven dufflebag, and polluting the minds of kids in his classes with absolute leftist bilge water.
Two examples. In the first, the people smoking the cigarette were fired. In the second, the person who is the cigarette, in a “leading cause of cancer among common sense” sort of way, goes merrily along his tenured career path at a university you and I help pay for.
For some reason, respect for freedom of speech and individual rights are held in higher regard if federal money is involved.