Book Discussion on On the Justice of Roosting Chickens

Professor Churchill spoke about the controversy surrounding his book On the Justice of Roosting Chickens: Reflections on the Consequences… read more

Professor Churchill spoke about the controversy surrounding his book On the Justice of Roosting Chickens: Reflections on the Consequences of U.S. Imperial Arrogance and Criminality, published by AK Press. The book was an expansion of an article about the attacks of September 11, 2001 arguing that Americans should not have been surprised by attacks against symbols of Western culture and capitalism. Rather, he cited the deaths of 500,000 Iraqi children in the wake of U.N. sanctions placed on Iraq after the first Gulf War as a justification by Islamic militants for the acts of terrorism. 

The most controversial aspect of his writings were the characterization of the people killed at the World Trade Center “little Eichmanns,” an allusion to Nazi bureaucrat Adolf Eichmann, a chief facilitator of Hitler’s Final Solution. Professor Churchill resigned his chairmanship of the school’s ethnic studies program on January 31, 2005, while retaining his tenured faculty position. He had also come under intense media scrutiny for his ideas and a lecture at Hamilton College was cancelled after the public outcry. This talk was titled “Ward Churchill Speaks on His Book: Real Academic Discourse Outside the Filter of the Media,” was sponsored by a group called “CU Students, Staff and Faculty in Support of Ward Churchill.” close

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  • Ward Churchill Professor University of Colorado, Boulder->Ethnic Studies
  • Russell Means National Director (Former) American Indian Movement

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Book Discussion on On the Justice of Roosting Chickens

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185494-1
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Public Affairs Event
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Speech
Location:
Boulder, Colorado, United States
First Aired:
Feb 9, 2005
Last Aired:
Feb 12, 2005

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  • Feb 09, 2005 | 9:40pm EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Feb 10, 2005 | 12:54am EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Feb 12, 2005 | 8:47pm EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Feb 12, 2005 | 11:14pm EST | C-SPAN 1
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