Keep Your Eyes Peeled for a Barack Obama Sighting in Chicago this Week

There’s an event coming up he might be interested in:

Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn

Book Release Event


RACE COURSE: Against White Supremacy

6 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009
International House
1414 E. 59th Street, Chicago

The author bios included in the release from “Third World Press” (“Progressive Black Publishing Since 1967”) read as follows:

Bill Ayers is a distinguished professor of education and a senior university scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the author of To Teach: The Journey of a Teacher and Fugitive Days, a memoir about his life with Bernardine Dohrn.

Bernardine Dohrn is the director of the Children and Family Law Justice Center and a clinical associate professor of law at Northwestern University School of Law. She is the co-author of A Century of Juvenile Justice and Zero Tolerance. They live in Chicago.

“I don’t regret setting bombs,” Bill Ayers said. “I feel we didn’t do enough.”

Funny. I don’t see any mention of Ayers’ and Dohrn’s sordid pasts as cop-killers and terrorists who killed as many members of the “establishment” as they could, then lamented they didn’t kill more. No, they’re just “educators” who, according to the official synopsis of their book, learned a great deal about racism, et al from their past “confrontations with authorities”:

In Race Course: Against White Supremacy, white supremacy and its troubling endurance in American life is debated as the dominant political system in the United States since its earliest days—and that it is still very much with us [Auth: Is that sentence even English?].

The discussion points to unexamined bigotry in the criminal justice system, election processes, war policy, and education.

The book draws upon the authors’ own confrontations with authorities during the Vietnam era, reasserts their belief that racism and war are interwoven issues, and offers personal stories about their lives today as parents, teachers, and reformers.

“Everything was Absolutely Ideal on the Day I Bombed the Pentagon,” Ayers said.

“Confrontations with authorities”? As in, when they were trying to blow those authorities up, along with Congress and the defense personnel working at the Pentagon? Hm…Rich white liberals trying to kill folks because they were white and represented the “Establishment” — where exactly does the theme of “fighting against racism” come into play there?

Given Barack Obama’s prior relationship with the terrorist Ayers and his wife, would it be altogether surprising if the new President made a surprise appearance at this event, which is being held to celebrate heir efforts to keep racism and hate alive in America?

You can contact 57th Street Bookstore at (773) 684-1300 and Third World Press at (773) 651-0700.