Consider: Churchill has constructed his entire academic career around the claim that he is a Native American, yet it turns out there is no evidence, other than his own statements, that this is the case.I made mention of this and suggested that he claimed Native American ethnicity because it propelled him to the chairmanship of the ethnic studies department at this otherwise prestigious university.
Churchill has said at various times that he is either one-sixteenth or three-sixteenths Cherokee, yet genealogical reporting by the Rocky Mountain News and others has failed to turn up any Cherokee ancestors - or any other Native Americans - in Churchill's family tree. (link)
Now it turns out that his credentials are highly suspect as well.
Churchill has used his supposed Indian heritage to bully his way into academia. Indeed Churchill lacks what are normally considered the minimum requirements for a tenure-track job at a research university: he never earned a doctorate, and his only degrees are a bachelor's and a master's from a then-obscure Illinois college.Universities fall all over themselves trying to hire feminists, the more militant the better, Muslim extremists, particularly those who espouse a particular animus toward Jews, and homosexuals, with all the baggage they can bring to the job.
Churchill's lack of conventional academic credentials was apparently compensated for, at least in part in the eyes of those who hired him at the University of Colorado, by the "fact" that he contributed to the ethnic diversity of the school's tenure-track faculty.
Academics and intellectual pursuits are secondary.
Update 02/05/05, 6:57pm: Glenn Reynolds over at Instapundit has this to add:
At my institution [University of Tennessee], we don't hire people without reading their publications. We don't tenure people without reading them and sending them for outside review by leading scholars in the field. Yet Churchill was both hired and tenured -- and made department chair -- in the ethnic studies program at Colorado. I'm not sure what's more damning: If they didn't perform these checks first, or if they did, and if people on that faculty, and in that field, thought Churchill's work was just fine. As with the Bellesiles scandal, this suggests some serious problems with peer review in the discipline.