Skip to comments.The Weather Underground and Ward Churchill
Posted on 01/05/2006 1:10:31 PM PST by Land_of_Lincoln_John
See that picture? That's Richard J. Elrod. He's been partially paralyzed since 1969 after suffering a broken neck. More on him later.
Yesterday I had a couple of posts on the husband-and-wife professors who were formerly members of the 1960s domestic terror organization, the Weather Underground.
The professors are Bernardine Dohrn of Northwestern University and Bill Ayers of the University of Illinois-Chicago. Feel to drop by Marathon Pundit for more on information on them.
On October 8, 1969, The Weather Underground decided to jumpstart the "People's Revolution," in Chicago. They blew up a statue of a policeman (that statue was a memorial to eight Chicago cops killed in the 1886 Haymarket Riots), and smashed up some boutique windows in the city's Gold Coast neighborhood.
About the name, the Weather Underground: The group was initially known as "The Weatherman," a lyric in Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues" had this phrase:
You don't need to be a Weatherman to know which way the wind blows.Chicago was a logical choice for the WU, as many of the members had ties to the area. It sure as heck made it convenient for Ward Churchill of Elmwood, IL to join in on the riots.
Yes, it's the same Ward Churchill we all know and love.
Last fall, Ward spoke at Chicago's DePaul University, the reverberations from that visit are still being felt by the Chicago college--such as the FIRE blowing the whistle on DePaul for squelching the free speech rights of the DePaul College Republicans.
Friend-of-the-blog, DePaul student, and blogger in his own right Nick Hahn was a guest on KHOW-Denver's Caplis & Silverman radio show in October. Nick talked about--a week before the Ward appearance--the difficulties his group was already facing in the attempts of the DePaul CRs to protest the phony Indian Churchill.
Dan Caplis (whose father was a DePaul Blue Demon hoopster coached by the legendary Ray Meyer), then played a tape of Ward Churchill bragging about resisting arrest in Chicago--based on Caplis' comments, that event could've only been during the Days of Rage protest. A proud Ward commented that while resisting arrest, he attacked a Chicago police officer and "rammed his head into a concrete post."
Don't believe me? Below is the audio transcript, courtesy of Nick's My Political Agenda blog:
Right click on the link to download and listen. Although the entire transcript is worth listening to, the segment I'm referring to is at the halfway point.
Caplis adds some context to Churchill's comments. In that sound bite of Ward speaking about his assault on the cop, Churchill boasted that, according to Dan Caplis, that the riots (but not Ward) "put the sheriff in a wheelchair for life--in Chicago."
That sheriff was future Cook County Sheriff Richard J. Elrod. Chicago police were chasing one of those Days of Rage protesters, the cops asked Elrod to "Stop him," Elrod did, but suffered a broken neck as he sucessfully tackled the rioter. Elrod has walked only with the assistance of canes ever since.
And Ward Churchill brags about something like that. And yes, Ward didn't seem too upset about bashing the head of that Chicago police officer into a concrete post--his violent contribution to the Days of Rage.
Another friend-of-the-blog, Bill Baar, posted this comment about the Weather Underground on Illinoize, a blog I contribute to:
I remember the old SDS Weatherman song about Richard Elrod, the City Attorney who tackled Weathermen Brian Sullican (note Bill sent a correction, Brian Flannigan was the name of the creep) during the days-of-rage leaving Elrod badly injured.That's not all on Ward Churchill and the Weather Underground. From the Rocky Mountain News last year:
It was sung to the tune of Lay-Lady-Lay (my note, that's right, another Dylan song) and went,
Lay Elrod Lay
Lay in Iron Lung,
Stay Elrod stay,
Stay in your bed a while,
and then went into some refrain about the People's Army being a push over or something.
Pretty ugly song sung by some ugly people.
The professor has a long history of controversial remarks, including telling a local newspaper in 1987 that he taught the Weather Underground how to make bombs, the Daily Camera said earlier this month.Ward Churchill. Bill Ayers. Bernardine Dohrn. All tenured university professors.
I don't need to be a Weatherman to know which way the wind blows, either.
And that wind is carrying a foul stench.
Ward Churchill was Cindy Sheehan before Cindy Sheehan was Cindy Sheehan.
I saw the movie on the weatherundeground - ayres and dohrn are pure scum and should be behind bars for the rest of their pathetic miserable lives. And churchill is equal in scumminess for sure.
bump for later!
Very good observation--Ward Churchill is a career socialist radical and extremist.
Everybody need to know what happens what these revolutionaries bring to the world if they come to power--the totalitarian nightmare.
Also interesting is the interplay between Weatherpeople like Bill Ayers and other groups and issues.
I was active building a coalition in everything anti-Mayor Daley from extreme right to left, mostly in near NW Chicago dominated by the Alinsky NCO. The Weatherpeople and other anti-war activists tried very hard to get the NCO involved in the anti-war movement, and disrupt-convention movement. I successfully prevented them from doing that, although the local Methodist and Presbyterian ministers and a few other NCO activists participated on the fringes.
The white Weatherpeople were really displaced civil rights activists. Pre-68 White liberals had dominated the civil rights movement at the decision making level. The Dr King types were the speakers. But the White liberals told them where and when to appear before the cameras and what to say.
As that shifted to "Black Power" the white liberals shifted to build the anti-war movement. They then co-opted the civil rights movement into supporting the anti-war movement, even though there was no logical connection between the two. I knew many leaders of the time, both white and black. It was a conscious plan of the white liberals to re-gain power of the "progressive movement" from the Black leaders. In the process, they destroyed the civil rights movement.
This obsession with controlling the progressive agenda was not limited to civil rights.
Bill Ayers was THE SON of CommonWealth Edison... a very rich brat who was motivated primarily by his relationship to his father, who WAS ComEd. The McNamara type technocrats of the left (and Bill Ayers during his rise) had pushed ComEd into peaceful uses of nuclear energy to generate electricity.... and to put the high sulfur but cheap Illinois coal and the many blue collar union people out of work. The progressives consciously planned that with many union miners out of work they could radicalize the union members into joining the violent revolution. Well that didn't work so well... and Bill Ayers realized that the real organizing opportunity was not with blue collar workers, nor with Blacks, but with rich guilt ridden white kids like himself.
Thus Bill Ayers flipped the progreessives from supporting nuclear power into an agenda of total opposition to nuclear power and all things nuclear. Of course, this was after Bill Ayers father had committed ComEd and its money to be the most nuclear dependent utility in the country. The progressives then proceeded with an agenda of over-regulation of nuclear with the stated intent of making the regulations so cumbersome and expensive that they would destroy the private utilty system and force a nationalization of the private utilities.
Of course, they also did symbolic things like making Evanston and Oak Park "Nuclear Free Zones". That was consciously done to raise the fear level of all things nuclear and shift the discussion of nuclear from the facts and logic of the technocrats to the emotions of fear.
Contrast this with France, which also is very nuclear power dependent, and where the technocrat left kept control of that issue and did not let it be co-opted by the wacky left.
Many interesting stories can be told about how issues and agendas are developed, and who develops them, and what their motivation is... In the case of Bill Ayers, his relationship with his father dominated his decisions.
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