Authenticity is only for the authentic!

Well, I am certainly glad to see (via InstaPundit) that Ward Churchill has finally admitted he's not Indian. He says it doesn't matter:

Churchill did address the issue of his ethnicity, admitting that he is not Native American.

"Is he an Indian? Do we really care?" he said, quoting those he called his "white Republican" critics.

"Let's cut to the chase; I am not," he said.

His pedigree is "not important," Churchill said: "The issue is the substance of what is said."

What does "substance" mean in the context of ethnic studies? Does it mean race is no longer a question of "substance" even when ethnic studies professors claim to have the same ethnicity as the ethnic identity of their department?

How refreshing!

I'd still like to know about Churchill's claim of military service -- if that still matters. (As Matt Duffy points out, some people still care about false military service claims.)

posted by Eric on 02.23.05 at 07:41 PM


As long as we know the "truth" or "importance" of the issues, who cares if we are who we say we are? But, then, why do we lie about that, too?

Regardless, and disregardless, I hereby claim myself to be "Adam" of the Garden of Eden. You are witness to my claim, ye Serpent and ya Eve, whoever you might turn out to be!

J. Peden   ·  February 24, 2005 3:48 AM

The irony is that Churchill's racial identity really ISN'T important. The problem, of course, is not only that he lied about it, but that his entire philosophy dictates that race IS of paramount importance.

I don't think he'll be allowed to have it both ways. His peers think race does matter, and they'll probably throw him to the wolves.

Eric Scheie   ·  February 24, 2005 9:13 AM

'His pedigree is "not important," Churchill said: "The issue is the substance of what is said."'

I totally agree. And "the substance of what is said" by Churchill is crap. Churchill's needless insults cast doubt and disgrace on his profession and his employer, and he should have been fired long ago.

Raging Bee   ·  February 24, 2005 10:18 AM

Thought chaos never bothers Leftists. But they might need a sacrifice, the logical expression of which would be their own suicides. But thought chaos never bothers Leftists. And so on and on. My prediction: don't hold your breath. And Chief Churchillman will only grow in status. He might turn up at Sundance with Redfordman and Soros, Heap Big MoneyTraderman, Bigot Champions of the "oppressed" everywhere.

J. Peden   ·  February 24, 2005 11:01 AM

Excellent comments on Ward Eichmann, apologist for mass murderers and smearer of their victims. I indeed judge him by what he says and not at all by his ancestry.

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