Ward Churchill Resignation Statement
Why you should care from Michael Hawkins who wrote this in response to a query from me (Michael was a student of Churchill's):
Yep, he's not one to issue soft statements. Truth is, his identity is that of an American Indian, and he sees himself -- through his indigenousness -- being the ongoing victim of an aggressive and genocidal nation. He's coming from a heritage of being brutalized by an occupying power, and the people of that occupying power are not only complicit in its nation's actions, but accountable for its crimes as well. It's a very harsh thing for Americans to hear, so they try to destroy the messenger -- same as they destroyed Malcolm X and the Black Panthers, both of whom are situated in Ward's lifestory very prominently.
We as Americans like to divorce ourselves from our government, especially when the ruling Party is not our own. "Not my President," we say. Well, from our many enemies' perspective, it IS our government, we tolerate its actions, and in many cases many of us support it wholeheartedly. And we don't enjoy being reminded of how we are viewed by our conquered peoples.
And the thing is, Ward has made provocative statements like this over and over since he returned from Vietnam and joined the struggles against racism and genocide. He doesn't care what anyone thinks, and is prepared for whatever Predator (from his book When Predator Came) throws at him. Having been a combat vet in Vietnam, it makes even more sense that he doesn't fear death, especially when combined with his commitment to advocating for his people.
I know you know all this, Thivai, but we're seeing COINTELPRO kick into high gear all over again. He used to tell us in class that he was amazed to be alive. People like Ward Churchill are being lined up for neutralization.
He's one of many prophets who fortell intense times for the mesmerized masses.
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