Monday, May 17, 2010

Ethnic Studies: Teaching Hate and Treason?

Freedom of speech is one of the hallmarks of a free society. However, one of the consequences of having freedom of speech is that morons, racists, anarchists, marxist-socialists, and religious loonies also get to speak their minds in the public arena.

One of the consequences of America's misguided "tolerance" for ethno-centrism---and affirmative action---is that some radical ideologues even manage to get themselves hired as university professors; and are all too often even given tenure.

["professor" Ward Churchill]

So, despite how radical and seditious their rantings become, they are still able to keep their bully-pulpits because they've been granted "academic immunity."

Who knows how many impressionable young people have been infected by radical, unAmerican ideologies, because students assumed their professors were the "authoritive experts" in their field; simply because their teachers had been hired by a university---and had perhaps written a book.

It would be one thing if these arrogant "intellectuals" were able to give lectures, and grade class assignments, without imposing their own biased viewpoint upon the material, but that is rarely the case for "Ethnic Studies." In fact, it's usually at the core of the curriculum.

"The border remains a military zone. We remain a hunted people. Now you think you have a destiny to fulfill in the land that historically has been ours for forty thousand years. And we're a new Mestizo nation. And they want us to discuss civil rights. Civil rights ... law made by white men to oppress all of us of color, female and male. This is our homeland. We cannot -- we will not -- and we must not be made illegal in our own homeland. We are not immigrants that came from another country to another country. We are migrants, free to travel the length and breadth of the Americas because we belong here. We are millions. We just have to survive. We have an aging white America. They are not making babies. They are dying. It’s a matter of time. The explosion is in our population." -Professor Jose Angel Gutierrez

And then there's good old Ward Churchill (whose own chickens finally came home to roost):

As for those in the World Trade Center ... Well, really, let's get a grip here, shall we? True enough, they were civilians of a sort. But innocent? Gimme a break. They formed a technocratic corps at the very heart of America's global financial empire -- the ‘mighty engine of profit’ to which the military dimension of U.S. policy has always been enslaved -- and they did so both willingly and knowingly… 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.” -Ward Churchill

["Churchill was made a Professor of Ethnic Studies in 1996, was promoted to full professor in 1997, and finally became Chair of the department in 2002 -- though he did not (and still does not) possess a Ph.D."

The Denver Post has also reported that in the late 1960s Churchill became involved with the Students for a Democratic Society and its sister organization, the Weather Underground. The Post, quoting Churchill, stated that he briefly taught Weather Underground members how to make bombs and to fire weapons -- “Which end does the bullet go, what are the ingredients, how do you time the damned thing.”]

And then there's Professor emeritus of Chicano studies at California State University, Rodolfo Acuna:
[Exhorting his students "to critically think about identity," Acuna urges them to reject terms like "Latino" because "it is a term that has been imposed upon us." Such themes are central to Acuna's course, "History of the Chicano/a," and trace their origins to Acuna's very first book, Occupied America: A History of Chicanos. Now the most widely assigned text in Chicano Studies programs across the United States, this tome includes such chapter titles as: "Legacy of Hate: The Conquest of Mexico's Northwest"; "Remember the Alamo: The Colonization of Texas"; "Freedom in a Cage: The Colonization of New Mexico"; "Sonora Invaded: The Occupation of Arizona"; and "California Lost: America for Anglo Americans."]

And there's Chicano Studies professor, Dr. Charles Truxillo - at the University of New Mexico:

Professor Predicts 'Hispanic Homeland'

Along both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border “there is a growing fusion, a reviving of connections,” Truxillo said. “Southwest Chicanos and NorteƱo Mexicanos are becoming one people again.”

Truxillo, 47, has said the new country should be brought into being “by any means necessary,” but recently said it was unlikely to be formed by civil war. Instead, its creation will be accomplished by the electoral pressure of the future majority Hispanic population in the region, he said.

Truxillo, who teaches at UNM's Chicano Studies Program on a yearly contract, believes it's his job to help develop a “cadre of intellectuals” to think about how it can become a reality.

In addition to "Ethnic Studies", the continuing practice of "academic tenure" in America has resulted in producing college students who have been taught to be unpatriotic, and conditioned to think "critically" of the founding principles and traditional values that made America the greatest nation in the world.

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