A Kennedy Denounces Ayers

by Candace de Russy

Former terrorist William Ayers can’t shake his past. As the Chicago Sun-Times reports, he honored a murderer:

When retiring University of Illinois at Chicago Professor Bill Ayers co-wrote a book in 1973, it was dedicated in part to Sirhan Sirhan, Robert F. Kennedy’s assassin. That [recently] came back to haunt Ayers . . . when the U. of I. board, now chaired by Kennedy’s son, considered his request for emeritus status. 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,” he said. “There can be no place in a democracy to celebrate political assassinations or to honor those who do so.”

Public “establishment” figures too rarely denounce the likes of Ayers as they should. It is to the good that Chris Kennedy has done so.