Charlie Kirk is a remarkable young man. He’s the 20-year-old Founder & Executive Director of Turning Point USA, a “national youth organization dedicated to educating students on the importance of free markets, capitalism, and fiscal responsibility.”
Part of Turning Point USA’s mission is to encourage an informed electorate.
Mr. Kirk visited New York University to find out just how informed college students there are. He asked them if they would potentially be interested in a study abroad program in Benghazi to see how much they knew about 2012 terrorist attack there.
Their answers are stunning, and quite frankly, disturbing.
“I don’t even know where that is, to be honest.”
“Honestly, I don’t know much about it.”
“I’m totally ignorant.”
Why are these students, who attend one of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning in this country, unfamiliar with Benghazi?
NYU is a top private college that costs approximately $60,000.00 per year to attend.
What exactly is that exorbitant price covering?
Probably the salaries of those who hold the prestigious title of Professor at the university. After all, they are paid an average of $182,372 a year. But hey, it isn’t cheap to hire 1960s radicals to teach today’s kids.
Does Weather Underground sound familiar? It should. It was the American radical left organization co-founded by Obama’s buddy and former neighbor Bill Ayers. The organization was responsible for 30 bombings, arson, and several violent riots and attacks.
Ayers retired from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2010, where he held the title of Distinguished Professor.
Kathy Boudin was also a member of Weather Underground. On October 20, 1981 in Nanuet, New York, she and two other group members robbed a Brinks armored truck containing $1.6 million. The robbery was violent, resulting in the murders of two police officers and a security guard.
Boudin was convicted of felony murder in 1984. Her father, a renowned leftist attorney (who once represented Fidel Castro), arranged for a plea bargain. His daughter pled guilty to one count of felony murder and robbery, in exchange for one 20-years-to-life sentence.
In contrast, her co-conspirators remain in prison. David Gilbert received 70-years-to-life. Judy Clark was sentenced to the maximum penalty allowed by law. She is currently serving a sentence of 75-years-to-life.
Boudin was granted parole in 2003, after serving a mere 22 years in prison.
Guess what she’s doing now?
She works as a Columbia University adjunct professor of social work. Her bio at the college doesn’t mention her violent past, instead describing her as “an educator and counselor with experience in program development since 1964, working within communities with limited resources to solve social problems.”
It is worth noting that Boudin had a 14-month-old child, a son named Chesa, whom she dropped off with a babysitter before participating in the Brinks robbery. He was raised by Bill Ayers and his wife while Boudin was in prison.
Last April, Boudin was named the 2013 Sheinberg Scholar-in-Residence – at NYU Law School.
The NY Daily News reported on Boudin’s “celebrity treatment” at NYU last April:
[Boudin was] deemed fit to enlighten NYU Law about policies that she condemns as the “mass incarceration” of people who are needlessly imprisoned.
By which Boudin means violent felons.
That alone should have disqualified Boudin as an NYU Law honoree, but the Scheinberg program appears not only to take extremist lunacy seriously, but to value it. Worse still was Boudin’s glancing acceptance of responsibility for the three murders and her suggestion that, in a better world, her cohorts would now be free too.
Bernadine Dohrn, Bill Ayers’ wife, was once a Sheinberg Scholar-in-Residence at NYU. She now teaches at Northwestern Law.
But Boudin, Dohrn, and Ayers aren’t the only violent criminals who have been welcomed into the Ivory Towers of academia. As Michael Moynihan explains in his Daily Beast article How 1960s Radicals Ended Up Teaching Your Kids, there are other left-wing radicals teaching our college students:
There is a rather ignoble tradition within academia of welcoming those with fringe views and violent backgrounds, provided their politics were “misguided” in the appropriate direction.
At least a dozen former members of domestic terrorist groups are now college professors:
Howard Machtinger of Weather Underground was a professor at North Carolina Central University and Teaching Fellows Director at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill’s School of Education.
Mark Naison, also of Weather Underground, has been a professor at Fordham University for 43 years.
Eleanor Raskin taught at State University of New York in Albany and then later at Albany Law School. She currently is an administrative law judge. Raskin worked with Weather Underground throughout the 1960s and 1970s. Bomb-making materials were found during a raid of her home in 1979. In 1981, she was arrested and prosecuted for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.
Mark Rudd, another “Weatherman”, was a math instructor at the Central New Mexico Community College for many years.
Jamal Joseph (formerly Eddie Joseph), was a member of the Panther 21, a group of Black Panthers who were arrested for conspiring to blow up railroad lines, department stores and the Botanical Gardens. He’s now a professor at Columbia University.
Ericka Huggins was the founder of the New Haven Black Panthers during the New Haven Black Panther trials of 1969. According to court testimony, she was present and assisted in torturing 19-year-oldAlex Rackley, whom the group was accused of murdering. Another Black Panther member, George Sams, implicated Huggins in the call to for Rackley’s murder. The jury was unable to reach a verdict, and Huggins’ charges were dismissed. Ericka Huggins is a professor at Laney & Berkeley City College and has been an invited lecturer at Stanford and Cornell.
Angela Davis wasn’t an actual member of the Black Panthers, but she had close ties to the group. She bought a shotgun two days before it was used in a hostage situation that ended with six deaths. Davis was on the FBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted list. After her acquittal, she became a Distinguished Professor Emerita at the University of California.
Former Black Panther Chief of Staff David Hilliard was involved in a police shootout that ended in his conviction on two counts of assault with a deadly weapon in 1968. Now he is a visiting instructor at the University of New Mexico.
In 1985, Weather Underground member Susan Rosenberg was caught moving “740 pounds of dynamite and weapons, including a submachine gun,” from her car into a storage locker. After serving 16 years in prison, Bill Clinton commuted her sentence, and she went on to teach at John Jay College.
Most of these violent criminals proclaim that they are “human rights activists” and “political prisoners”.
As Moynihan so eloquently (and sarcastically) states:
They might have been violent charlatans, but they were violent charlatans in search of a better society. They might resist providing a full and proper accounting of their crimes, but most will concede that their tactics might have been misguided and offer qualified repentance, but insist that their instincts were correct.
Michelle Malkin warns:
This is the company academia keeps. Let the buyers beware.
Yes, academia has a reputation (especially so in NY) for what many call institutionalized liberal bias. American professors are, on the whole, more liberal than the population as a whole.
David E. Firester is a Ph.D. student who taught Introduction to Political Science at Queens College in NY last semester. In his Frontpage Mag article Liberal Academia and My Struggle for Survival, he described his experience with liberal bias in academia:
I was given a “mentor” whose syllabus I essentially mirrored. After a brief review of the content I got a sense of what textbooks are being used in the practice of college-level teaching. I researched syllabi elsewhere to get some more ideas. It seems that what is being assigned at Queens College is not all that different from what professors assign elsewhere.When I looked a little deeper into the material I was assigning I began to notice what I could only say is institutionalized liberal bias.
In reviewing some of the chapters of the “textbook” I was requiring students to read I saw a clear socialist trend. When I think of a textbook a few adjectives come to mind. It should be a technical guide on concepts. It should be dispassionate and devoid of fiery ideology. Well, that isn’t quite how it works.
The “textbook” pushed the agenda of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement, denigrated any conservative viewpoints, assaulted libertarianism, and promoted only Democratic presidents and liberal/progressive interests.
Firester decided to assign two chapters of Mark R. Levin’s book, Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto for balance – to push “the ship” more towards the center. That decision resulted in a review of his syllabus, an in-classroom observation, and his being forced to remove the materials from Levin from his curriculum.
He explained to the department chair that he assigned Levin “to provide a counterpoint to the biased arguments being made in a so-called textbook that was ‘peer-reviewed.'” To that, the chair suggested that perhaps he “couldn’t find an alternative because the viewpoint is not legitimate.”
Firester explains what “people mean when they describe academia as a cesspool of liberal ideologues”:
Then I got to thinking, if one’s peers are all liberals and academics tend to be the same then the jury is rigged. One cannot expect to be published in a peer-reviewed textbook when what they have to say is so unpopular among those who publish.
Over the years, I had come to see the students and professors (in New York City) as overwhelmingly liberally biased. What I now can see is how such a bias is sustained by willfully suppressing any material that conflicts with the agenda. As I have also been informed, the concept of “academic freedom” applies to professors with tenure. I am not a member of such a privileged class. Hence, I have no academic freedom. One can safely conclude that since I (and my students) am not academically free, a liberal autocracy is the system that I must bow before.
I am left to understand that my place in this system is akin to that of an insurgent. I am therefore compelled to brand myself as a “Conservative Insurgent.” The difference is, however, that I will never seek to indoctrinate the students (as the liberal incumbents do). I only desire to grant conservatism a voice amongst the cacophony of liberalism.
While it is natural and fair for professors to openly express their opinions, pushing their political beliefs on students and omitting or manipulating facts to suit a particular political agenda is neither.
Could this bias explain why the NYU students Mr. Kirk questioned in his video had little to no knowledge of Benghazi? Or is it that these students are simply oblivious to world news and events? Maybe they don’t watch television, or don’t have internet access.
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