Mary Grabar - Townhall.com
February 5, 2016
The Bill Ayers-Dinesh D’Souza “showdown” on February 3, at the University of Michigan was billed as a debate about “American exceptionalism.” It began with Bill Ayers giving his opening statement, “Every human being is of incalculable worth.” The aging radical boldly displaying his “Black Lives Matter” t-shirt was repeating a line he used at the Association of Teacher Educators conference in 2013, in a 2009 Huffington Post column putting forth his radical colleague Linda Darling-Hammond as Secretary of Education, and ad nauseam in his talks and publications that fill up over 40 pages of a curriculum vitae.
Black Lives did not matter, however, in 1970, when Ayers ordered Weather Underground infiltrator Larry Grathwohl to set a bomb at the Detroit Police Officers Association Building that would have also killed mostly black patrons in the Red Barn Restaurant next door. Ayers as “National Education Secretary” of that terrorist organization never did the dangerous work himself. (Grathwohl described sabotaging the bomb in his memoir Bringing Down America.)
Nor did Bill Ayers care about Black Lives when he and his privileged white comrades urged rioting in inner-city neighborhoods. In fact, in his memoir Fugitive Days, Ayers describes a riot in Cleveland, where he was working as a community organizer, as fun and exciting. Bill Ayers lives in the tony Hyde Park section of Chicago…