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March 01, 2005

Ward Churchill's Dubious "Scholarship"

AoSHQ contributor Dianna has penned an essay about Churchill's dishonest studies in non-history over at PirateBallerina. I'm particularly happy to hear he's a serial plagiarist:

.... LaVelle demonstrates for the reader the number of scholars whose work is distorted in Churchill’s work – Patricia Nelson Limerick, Russell Thornton, Janet A. McDonnell and George M. Frederickson, to name only a few – and lays out for side by side comparison a passage written by Churchill and one by Rebecca L. Robbins..... This is clear evidence of plagiarism, particularly since the passage in Churchill is not in quotes, and there is, furthermore, no citation of Robbins.

Go get 'im, Dianna!

Top Ten Quotations from Ward Churchill's "Original Writings"

10. "The tree of liberty must be refreshed with the blood of tyrants and patriots." -- Ward Churchill p. 13 of From a Native Son

9. "Are we not men? We are Devo." -- Ward Churchill, p. 44 of Since Predator Came

8. "" It puts the lotion on its skin or it gets the hose!" -- Ward Churchill, p. 31, Indians Are Us?

7. "That bitch set me up!" -- Ward Churchill, footnote 23 of Sketches of My Plainsmen Ancestors

6. "And I would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for these meddling kids." -- Ward Churchill, citing Columbus' "secret diary," p. 122, Deconstructing the Columbus Myth

5. "And then we're going to Idaho! And then we're going to Wisconsin! And then we're going to Washington! Yeeeaaaaaiiiigghhh! -- Ward Churchill, p. 44, Struggle for the Land

4. "I'm too sexy for my shirt, too sexy for my shirt, too sexy it hurts..." -- Ward Churchill, p. 94, The Arapahoe and Chocktaw Tribes: A Comparative Ethnography

3. "I'm a cowboy, on a steel horse I ride, and I'm wanted (want-ed...!) dead or alive..." -- Ward Churchill, p. 88, The European Exterminators

2. "Jules, y'know, honey... this isn't real. You know what it is? It's St. Elmo's Fire. Electric flashes of light that appear in dark skies out of nowhere. Sailors would guide entire journeys by it, but the joke was on them... there was no fire. There wasn't even a St. Elmo. They made it up. They made it up because they thought they needed it to keep them going when times got tough, just like you're making up all of this. We're all going through this. It's our time at the edge." -- Ward Churchill, p. 72 of A Little Matter of Genocide

...and the Number One Quotation From Ward Chuchill's "Original Writings"...

1. "And when I move, I slice like a fuckin' hammer. That's just. The Fuckin'. Way. It is." -- Ward Churchill, introduction to Noam Chomsky's Corporate Media Deceptions: Don't Make a Fuckin' Maniac Out of Me

Credit: #8 thanks to RCL.

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