How 1960s Radicals Ended Up Teaching Your Kids

Last week NYU Law announced that former Weather Underground member and convicted murderer Kathy Boudin would be a scholar-in-residence. She’s the latest in a series of former left-wing radicals with cozy university appointments. Michael Moynihan on how left-wing criminals ended up lecturing America’s college students.

Michael Moynihan
The Daily Beast

…take former Black Panther party grandee Ericka Huggins, who is now a professor of women’s studies at California State University, a professor of sociology at Laney and Berkeley City College, and, according to one official biography, a “human rights activist.” In 2011, students at the University of Kentucky could receive extra credit for attending a lecture by Huggins, described as a “political prisoner and human rights activist.” It does not seem to bother these universities that in 1970 Huggins was brought to trial on charges of “aiding and abetting” the murder of Alex Rackley, a fellow Panther they wrongly believed to be a police informant. She was acquitted.

But a few salient facts aren’t disputed: After days of “interrogation,” Rackley was brutally tortured—beaten mercilessly, boiling water poured on his naked body—and left to marinate in his own blood, urine, and feces. As a warning to other “traitors,” one torture session was audiotaped. In the scratchy recording recovered by police, Huggins can be heard recalling when she “began to realize how phony [Rackley] was and that he was either an extreme fool or a pig, so we began to ask questions with a little force and the answers came out after a few buckets of hot water.” During the session, Rackley was tied to his chair with a gun pointed at him. As he shifted nervously, Huggins snapped, “Sit down motherfucker. Keep still.” (A copy of the tape was recently discovered in a Connecticut house and can be listened to here).

In their book Murder in the Model City, authors Paul Bass and Douglas W. Rae describe a broken Rackley being led out of the house two days after the taped session, to be driven to his execution site in a nearby marsh: “From her perch by the kitchen counter, Ericka Huggins, the highest-ranking female Panther in town, watched [Panthers George] Sams and Warren [Kimbro] walk Rackley out the door. Sam brandished the .45 automatic as he held Rackley’s arms, which were tied together with ropes.” Warren Kimbro shot Alex Rackley in the head. He later confessed to the murder and was sentenced to life in prison, but only served four years. By 1975, he was an assistant dean at Eastern Connecticut State University…


Read the complete article at The Daily Beast.



Related: MSNBC’s Touré founded militant anti-white student paper

MSNBC host Touré founded a student newspaper dedicated to black liberation theology while he was a college student attending Emory University from 1989 to 1992…


Update: Professor tells class Republican Party is “stupid and racist”

A professor at the University of Southern California delivered sustained attacks on Republicans, characterizing them as old, white, racist, and “losers.”


Update 2Andrew Wilkow talks to a former FBI informant about the Weather Underground.

…Yesterday, Andrew sat down with Larry Grathwohl, author and subject of “Bring Down America: An FBI Informer with the Weathermen.” Grathwohl was an informant for the FBI in 1969 and traveled with the Weathermen as they went underground in 1970. Grathwohl was involved in schemes to blowup police stations and a power plant…

Glenn Beck tells his audience the story of Bowdoin College and gives his reaction. Watch on The Blaze TV.


Update 3: Ron Paul launches homeschooling site

Libertarian says government has no business in education


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