Terrorist Bill Ayers Awarded 'Visiting Scholar" status at Minnesota State University

Alicia Powe

3/25/2013 1:23:00 PM - Alicia Powe

Conservatives have long complained of a strong liberal bias on college campuses. Now school officials at Minnesota State University have selected left-wing radical and admitted terrorist Bill Ayers as the 2013 College of Education and Human Services “visiting scholar.”

“He is somebody who has written a lot through his teaching in the area of social justice,” Professor Steve Grineski, who helped select Ayers for the award, told Campus Reform . “[H]e was selected because of his expertise” and his long history of trying to commingle his own social justice principles with the American education system.

Ayers, co-founder of the communist revolutionary group known as the Weather Underground, admitted to participating in a host of domestic terrorism operations, including the 1970 bombing of the New York City Police Department, the 1971 bombing of the United States Capitol Building and the 1972 bombing of the Pentagon in his 2001 book Fugitive Days.

He later gained fame in the 2008 presidential election for his connection as a “family friend” to then Senator Barack Obama.

School administration officials told Campus Reform that they are not concerned with his radical past.

Ayers reportedly spent three days on the school’s campus and gave a talk at the university in February titled “Teaching from the Heart: Education for Enlightenment and Freedom.”

Ayers received a stipend for his appearance MSUM, but the taxpayer-funded school refused to disclose the dollar amount.

The political left must utilize its “absolute access” to America’s classrooms to affect change, Ayers said during his talk at a New York University in December.

“If we want change to come, we would do well not to look at the sites of power we have no access to — the White House, the Congress, the Pentagon,” he said. “We have absolute access to the community, the school, the neighborhood, the street, the classroom, the workplace, the shop, the farm.”