Ward Churchill Wrongfully Terminated
A Denver jury ruled that Ward Churchill was fired for his political views after he wrote an essay referring to some victims of 9/11 as “little Eichmanns.”
The jury, which deliberated for a day and a half, awarded Mr. Churchill only $1 in damages. Their verdict found that his political views were a “substantial or motivating” factor in his dismissal, and that the university had not shown that he would have been dismissed anyway.
The University of Colorado claimed that Churchill plagiarized and falsified some of his research and used that a reason to terminate him. Churchill said he was being fired because of his controversial views.
On Sept. 12, 2001, he wrote an essay in which he argued that the United States had brought the terrorist attacks on itself. He said that some of those working in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11 were not innocent bystanders but “formed a technocratic corps at the very heart of America’s global financial empire.” He described these financial workers as “little Eichmanns,” a reference to Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi who has been called the architect of the Holocaust.
His suggestion was that their participation in the global financial system made them complicit in the terrorist attacks, just as Eichmann, who had said he was only following orders, was responsible for the extermination of the Jews.
Churchill wrote the piece in question in 2001, although it only became an issue in 2005 after it became viral. And he would never have been held up for scrutiny had that writing not come to light.Click here for reuse options!
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