It’s a Maximilian Forte kind of day
February 25, 2009
Professor Maximilian Forte has been having fun all day, and continues to do so in the comments here. See, the only actual charge of fabrication leveled at Ward Churchill pertains to an 1837 Mandan smallpox epidemic, which Ward Churchill contends was introduced by the US Army at Fort Clark. That’s the allegation trotted out by all the local media hacks and bloggers whenever Ward Churchill comes up, because, as they well know, it’s the only allegation of any substance whatsoever.
As Professor Forte reminds us, even CU’s own investigative committee, handpicked by CU’s administration specifically to find a reason to fire Churchill, admits in their own report used to fire him, that, well, he didn’t fabricate the event.
From pages 67-68.
Our investigation has found that there is some evidence in written accounts of Indian reactions in 1837 and in native oral traditions that would allow a reasonable scholar who relies heavily on such sources to reach Professor Churchill’s interpretation that smallpox was introduced deliberately among Mandan Indians near Fort Clark by the U.S. Army, using infected blankets. We therefore do not conclude that he fabricated his account.
In their words, Ward Churchill’s conclusions were “reasonable”.
They just didn’t like the footnotes he provided.
Man, I can’t wait for March 9th.