Students who chained themselves to chairs in order to stop the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) Board from taking action against “Mexican-American Studies” the other night may have had some rather infamous company.
Remember Ward Churchill? The Former Ethnic Studies Professor and activist that was fired from the University of Colorado? The one who pretended to be an American Indian? The one who called 9-11 victims “Little Eichmann’s”? Yeah, that Ward Churchill. He was apparently in Tucson supporting the students who took over a TUSD Board Meeting.
Here is a rather long and poorly shot video of what took place on Tuesday. Pay attention to the guy leaning on the podium in the middle of the room. (I know it’s hard with the excessive zooming and panning). Churchill can be seen chanting along at 1:57, 2:35, 3:30ish and 5:39. I have posted freezes below the video.
So why was he there? Did someone bring him in? He certainly appeared to be having a good time. Mysteries for now.
If you’ve forgotten some of the controversies that led to Ward Churchill’s firing from the University of Colorado, here is an instructive refresher link:
(h/t the fine folks who run TU4SD.com)
UPDATE: Daily KOS article from April 27th also mentions Ward’s presence at the meeting.
Clarification and UPDATE: Some people think I shot the video. It was shot by someone sympathetic to the students and also a true amateur. Also, Churchill’s presence blows apart the claims by the students communist handlers that the students were working mostly on their own.