Ed Driscoll

Faux-Indian Summer

Judith Weiss of Kesher Talk notes that tomorrow could be a big day for everyone’s favorite dimestore Indian:

In February we reported on the academic campaign mobilized to defend faux-Indian “Ethnic Studies” professor Ward “little Eichmanns” Churchill, as the regents of Colorado University deliberated on whether to fire him for “research misconduct,” including lack of academic qualification, plagiarism and misrepresentation about his Indian ancestry, his military service, his Weathermen activities.

The wheels of academic justice grind slowly, and the regents will announce their decision tomorrow, July 24th. Churchill’s fans will turn out in force (they hope) to protest what they expect to be a thumbs-down on Churchill’s continued employment at Colorado U.

The pressure on Colorado University to dump Churchill is enormous; but it seems safe to say that the majority of it is coming from outside the university, not within it–so it’s entirely possible Churchill could keep his job with little more than a slap on the wrist. And as Judith notes, “the case of Phil Mitchell makes clear that free speech is for me but not for thee.”