Ok, so today is a perfect example of why I don't like the news. And I can already tell this is going to be long, so I apologize for that, but am I ever PISSED.
To give you a little bit of background, in case anyone is unaware, I am now in graduate school. I am getting my Master's degree in Non-Profit Management. I'm currently enrolled in my first class and I love love love it! My teacher is cool and the other eight people in the class are also super cool. I really like being back in school andI think the program is going to be really good. Anyway, my teacher strongly encourages us to be up on current events, especially because basically all events relate in some way to the non-profit world. Did you know that there are 1.6 million non-profit organizations in the U.S. and that includes churches, schools, charitable and philanthropic organizations and, believe it or not, the NFL? Non-profits are everywhere, and so many of the events of the state, the nation and the world relate somehow to our sector.
THEREFORE, I have been, ugh, reading the newspaper. I read it online, so I'm pretty selective, but I'm working to expand beyond E!Online, The Onion, and Television Without Pity. Baby steps. So I usually read The Denver Post. And yesterday, I caught an article about a CU Boulder professor (his name is Ward Churchill and he's the chair of the Ethnic Studies Department) who has written a paper calling the victims of the Trade Center and the Pentagon as "little Eichmanns," referring to Adolph Eichmann, a NAZI. Here's what the Post said:
"Churchill said Eichmann was a technocrat who 'crunched numbers' and made the trains that carried Jews to death camps run on time. And likewise, he said Thursday, those in the Trade Center were technocrats whose work was just as deadly.
In a paper called 'Some People Push Back: On the Justice of Roosting Chickens,' Churchill wrote: 'If there was a better, more effective, or in fact any other way of visiting some penalty befitting their participation upon the little Eichmanns inhabiting the sterile sanctuary of the twin towers, I'd really be interested in hearing about it.'"
Basically, this asshole thinks that anyone who died on 9/11 -- and this includes the victims on the planes and the firemen who were trying to rescue the victims -- deserved what they got. So today, I was listening to Kaplis and Silverman, which is a show on talk radio, and they were talking to Churchill. He's ridiculous. He's a typical academic, which means that whenever Kaplis and Silverman would quote one of his articles or statements, and ask him if he really believed that way, he would "answer" by talking in circles and asking stupid questions like "well are you a professional liar or is it just a hobby?" What? How old are you? Kaplis and Silverman made no secret of the fact that they think he's the lowest of the low and they are calling for CU to fire him. It won't happen, because he's tenured, but I wish it could happen. And before anyone gets all "well if he got fired for imparting his opinion it's a violation of free speech" I say whatever. I'm so tired of people hiding behind free speech -- if you think that the U.S. is a greedy, capitalistic country that is too involved in foreign policy and warmongering, well guess what? France will take you. Move. Don't make borderline treasonous remarks and when people get outraged, cry like a little bitch and proclaim that it's all in the name of "free speech." Do I support war? No. Do I think we're a little too involved in foreign policy? Sure I do. Did I vote for Bush? Yup. Does that mean I agree with all of his policies? No it does not. Because I don't. Do I value free speech? Hell yes, I do. But I also think that there is a limit. And I am not naive enough to think that if we stifle one person's right, it won't snowball into something we don't want it to, but it is so frustrating to hear things like this. I could seriously go on and on about it, because I am so mad right now. So I'll leave it at that for now -- but that is the "appalled" section.
The "embarrassed" section centers around how embarrassed I am that CU is in Colorado. Between the rapes and the shady spending of funds and the revered football program, well, I'm frankly surprised they get any actual teaching done. And especially since they seem to have STELLAR fanatics teaching ethnic studies. How embarrassed I am that this Churchill guy is allowed to teach in our state and influence our kids. The radio show was being broadcast from the CU campus, and there were students in the background CHEERING for the professor and the ones who Kaplis and Silverman invited to talk who supported him were unequivocal in their support of him and his policies and kept saying that all of the inflammatory remarks were only that way because they were "taken out of context." Right. I'll say it again: RIDICULOUS.
And embarrassing. And appalling. And frustrating. And I swear, my blood pressure has to have shot through the roof during this radio show. I think from now on, I should just read the paper. While listening to calming music.