Friday, February 04, 2005

They let Kevin Costner in, didn't they?

(Drudge has a wealth of interesting items on his site today. The following three posts are from links found there).

Ward Churchill, the anti-American University of Colorado professor who described victims of 9/11 as "little Eichmanns" who deserved their fate, is apparently not an real, genuine Native American. Details of the controversy can be found here and here and here.

(The most entertaining background information can be found here at the radical American Indian Movement (AIM) website. While disavowing that Churchill is an Indian or part of their movement, the AIM leadership shows their loopiness by claiming he is part of a CIA/Richard Nixon plot undermine Native Americans. My head spins...)

In the past 30 years, there has been an explosion of persons claiming Native ancestry, mostly in a genuine desire to reconnect with their roots. But there have also been a few white "wannabees" who have claimed false Indian ancestry either to make a quick buck or to provide moral justification for their virulent anti-Americanism. Movies like Little Big Man and Dances With Wolves were made just for these types.

(My wife's deadbeat, 100% European cousin was one of them. He was so good at pretending he was part Lakota that he conned his way into participating in the sunrise ceremony at Arches National Park during the 2002 Olympics.)

This has been in part facilitated by an indulgent ignorance on the part of guilty whites, who refuse to show any skepticism towards Native claims of mistreatment, lest they be accused of "insensitivity" or worse yet, "racism". But it also has been caused by the tribes and Indians themselves. By unquestioningly adopting everyone who has some Indian blood in them and claims solidarity with their cause, they allow the Ward Churchills of the world to set their agenda and speak in their name.

Ward Churchill wouldn't have gotten away with his con job for so long if he hadn't been saying the things his Indian "brothers" wanted to hear. After 9/11, his hatred of America became a liability. But he wouldn't have even made it that far had they not embraced his revisionism in the first place.


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