By now we’ve all seen the photo: Mark Lovelace googly-eyeing Bill Ayers, former leader of the Weather Underground, who could probably use a new friend after getting snubbed right and left lately.
Emphasis on left.
In fact, even as photographic evidence of the Lovelace love-fest was surfacing, Ayers was getting publicly dissed again–this time following his request that the University of Illinois, from which he recently retired, grant him emeritus status.
Okay. Not a big deal, really. It’s one of those ceremonial things, and it’s highly unusual that any such request would be denied.
Yet denied he was, and by a Kennedy at that.
But why? Was it the dozens of bombings Ayers’ group took credit for? The declaration of war against the United States? The three men killed in a botched bank robbery?
Nope. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Christopher Kennedy explained that he intended 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.”
D’oh and double d’oh!! It was that whole Sirhan Sirhan business–the stable boy, in the hotel kitchen, with the revolver. And somehow Ayers didn’t happen to notice that the trustee committee tasked with making decisions about honorific titles is chaired by the dead man’s son?
We might have seen that one coming–although admittedly Bobby Kennedy had like a hundred kids, and maybe Ayers had a hard time sorting out who, exactly, begat whom. It happens.
Regardless, Chris Kennedy was asked in a subsequent interview if he thought the passage of time had softened Ayers’ views.
There’s no evidence in any of his interviews or conversations that he regrets any of those actions — that’s a better question for him. He asked for this privilege. He’s not going to get it from me or that board.
Indeed, in a 2000 interview with the New York Times, Ayers was quoted as saying, “I don’t regret setting bombs” and “I feel we didn’t do enough,” and, when asked if he would “do it all again” as saying “I don’t want to dscount the possibility.”
Fortunately, though, one of our own elected officials has no qualms about embracing a man who was once proud to call himself a terrorist.
It almost looks like Marky’s showing a little wood.
Emphasis on little.
Someone professing to be Arcata Eye editor Kevin Hoover additionally professes to be responsible for this photo, and wants credit. When we receive random photos in the inbox, we don’t ask a lot of questions. But credit now where credit is due. We just hope he was able to scrape the splooge off his lens.