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Ward’s Alter Gyno-Ego? By: Steven Plaut
FrontPageMagazine.com | Thursday, September 08, 2005

Ward Churchill is not the only leftwing anti-American extremist on campus these days pretending to be an American Indian.

Allow us to introduce you to Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, a feminist who has made a career out of waving about the banner that she is about one-quarter American Indian.  Her mother was half Native American, her father a white Oklahoma farmer.  She wrote a book about growing up poor in Oklahoma, and the book got raving reviews from Angela Davis. 


After leaving Oklahoma, she became a California radical and spent the 60s and 70s as an agitator.  In her own words from her web site, “she was a fiery, indefatigable public speaker on issues of patriarchy, capitalism, imperialism, and racism. She worked in Cuba with the Venceremos Brigade and formed associations with other revolutionaries across the spectrum of radical and underground politics, including the SDS, the Weather Underground, the Revolutionary Union, and the African National Congress.”   She has maintained close ties with wanted fugitives from the “Symbionese Liberation Army,” you know – the moonbats who kidnapped Patty Hearst.  She has praised them on anarcho-fascist web sites and on National Public Radio. 


She eventually studied Marxism at UCLA.  In her own words: “As a graduate student in Latin American History at UCLA in the mid-1960s, I first learned about imperialism, and it was my good fortune to have access to Marxist analysis. However, it was not until the early 1970s when I became involved as an expert witness in Native American court cases regarding U.S.-Indian treaties that I came to grasp the true nature and development of U.S. imperialism. At that same time, a now deceased mentor, Canadian Native leader and Marxist historian, Howard Adams, gave me a (Marxist) book that had a great influence on me.”  She later authored a book celebrating the Sandinista communists. 


She is today professor emeritus in the Department of “Ethnic Studies” at California State University in Hayward where she taught Marxist and Feminist “theory”, and she continues to teach this “online.”  What exactly is so illuminating in Marxist and Feminist “theory” about ethnic relations is unclear. To cut to the chase, this department is yet another example of far-leftist indoctrination of students being misrepresented as academic research and teaching. (The current department chairwoman there also teaches “feminist theory” there.)  Dunbar-Ortiz has also taught a course called “Sexuality and Terrorism.”


This last course has gotten her quite a lot of attention, and several TV interviews.  She was interviewed on the O’Reilly Factor, and Bill O’Reilly made minced meat out of her. He tore apart her ultra-moonbat views on how sexuality lies behind Middle East terrorism. She declared in the interview, “I mean, I think yes, but I think it’s the same for our military men. I think it’s organized violence. It channels men into roles that usually get them killed very young. So I think probably those terrorists, many of them were victims, just like many of our soldiers who have died.”


She has been quoted by Kay S. Hymowitz as saying, “Violence is so intertwined with male sexuality that military pilots watch porn movies before they go out on sorties. The war in Afghanistan could not possibly offer a chance to liberate women from their oppressors, since it would simply expose women to yet another set of oppressors, in the gender feminists’ view.” She loves to declare the United States an imperialist monstrosity in communist magazines. We found plenty of her articles Marxist sites, but were unable to locate any in academic journals.


As a faculty member at Cal State Hayward, her main “research” has been a broadside assault against “whiteness.” She concludes her scholarly exercise with this: “White supremacy is inseparable from the content of the US origin story and the definition of patriotism in the US today.”


This week she has a column on Counterpunch.org, in which she rages at the media for referring to the troops entering New Orleans to rescue hurricane victims as “the cavalry” and of course the Hurricane itself is a “genocide.” In her tormented view, calling them the cavalry is racist and anti-Indian, and as we noted Dunbar-Ortiz likes to pretend to be an Indian. 

‘I switched channels and found reporters and government officials repeating the same phrase, "The Cavalry has arrived." I should not have been surprised; during the preceding two days, they had been referring to the scene in brown water-lodge New Orleans, not as genocide as I saw it, rather "the wild west."  Racism on top of racism, revealing the scaffolding of United States' history, its intact structure bared, all the glitter and trappings washed away.’

Gosh. Had the media been referring to them as the mujahadeen, I am sure Dunbar-Ortiz would have no problems with it. She has been an occasional Cockburnite commentator for some time, turning out a pro-Sandanista screed for them, and denouncing Protestant fundamentalists as “the right wing, hiding under the cover of anti-communism and coded white supremacy (crime, welfare, pre-marital pregnancy), continued under the guise of "protecting the family."


By the way, while it will upset the Cockburnites to hear it, the National Congress of American Indians claims that 15,000 Native Americans have been serving as combat troops in the Gulf. That is enough to make Dunbar-Ortiz hate them redskins!

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Steven Plaut is a professor at the Graduate School of the Business Administration at the University of Haifa and is a columnist for the Jewish Press. A collection of his commentaries on the current events in Israel can be found on his "blog" at www.stevenplaut.blogspot.com.

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