He just retired, but UIC, which never should have hired him in the first place, kicked him on the way out the door. Too little, too late perhaps, but I'm glad they did it. All nine trustees voted against or abstained from granting Ayers emeritus status.
Chris Kennedy phrased his opposition brilliantly:
"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," Kennedy said. "There can be no place in a democracy to celebrate political assassinations or to honor those who do so."Ayers was among the co-authors of a 1974 terrorist manifesto, Prairie Fire: The Politics of Revolutionary Anti-Imperialism: Political Statement of the Weather Underground. Sirhan Sirhan, whom the authors called a political prisoner, was among the villains the Ayers and the other authors dedicated the book to in its preface.
Sirhan assassinated Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, Chris' father, in 1968, in front of many witnesses.
Emeritus status for a retired professor is honorary, but it is almost never denied to ex-academics.
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