Friday, September 24, 2010

Bill Ayers denied emeritus status at UIC: Son of RFK — now U. of I. board chair — rips prof for dedicating book to his father's assassin


Beacon Press disgraces Unitarian Universalism for keeping this thug Ayers on board. RFK's son finally gives him back a small bit of what this shameful man deserves. U of I (and Northwestern) let the Ayer's family's wealth sway them. At least the Kennedy's stood up to this hoodlum... finally.

When retiring University of Illinois at Chicago professor Bill Ayers co-wrote a book in 1973, it was dedicated in part to Sirhan Sirhan, the assassin of Robert F. Kennedy.

That came back to haunt Ayers when the U. of I. board, now chaired by Kennedy’s son, considered his request for emeritus status Thursday. It was denied in a unanimous vote.

Before the vote, an emotional Chris Kennedy spoke out against granting the status to Ayers.

“I intend to vote against conferring the honorific title of our university to a man whose body of work includes a book dedicated in part to the man who murdered my father, Robert F. Kennedy,” he said.

“There is nothing more antithetical to the hopes for a university that is lively and yet civil, or to the hopes of our founding fathers for their great experiment of a self-governing people, than to permanently seal off debate with one’s opponents by killing them.”

Stopping the hate, finally, so what gives with Beacon Press that their so sweet on this punk? Ayer's family money too?

Update: Chris Kennedy via the Trib,
Kennedy said he hoped faculty, staff and Illinois residents "understand my motives and my reasoning" and concluded: "How could I do anything else?"
Many tragically did something else. Thanks for showing honor here Chris Kennedy.

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