While attempting to shame the “small-minded” among us into forgiving the terrorist and murderer Kathy Boudin and forgetting that she’s on the faculty, the student newspaper of Columbia University, the Columbia Daily Spectator, puts into writing a concept that many outside academia have observed for years: “What is the aim of college, after all, if not to ask students to rethink the categories of good and evil even change their minds?” Inside academic circles, this type of thinking is lauded as enlightenment. Outside academic circles, this concept is known as moral relativism, and it is widely regarded as undermining the culture of this country.
Ms. Boudin may have paid her legal debt to society, but as the Spectator acknowledges, “nothing can repair the lifelong pain that the families of the Brinks robbery victims still experience. The trauma that these people endured must surely make Boudin’s position at Columbia seem cruel and ironic. She lives, teaches, and receives recognition; their loved ones never had the chance.” At the end of her incarceration, Ms. Boudin opted against a quiet life of remorse that she claims to feel, she chooses to work at a high profile university, to publish and to make speeches.
The pattern of convicted domestic terrorists profiting from the crimes of their youth with speaking fees, book royalties, and tenured positions at distinguished universities is unsettling. Ms. Boudin drawing a salary to teach the brightest and best young minds in this country is tantamount to a serial rapist taking a salaried position as a grief counselor.
If Boudin has truly made a transformation from a reckless radical to becoming socially responsible, there would be no need for her to shine a spotlight on herself by publishing, speaking, and teaching at an Ivy League school. Her post-conviction life screams “Hey look at me being socially responsible” very loudly. I don’t blame anyone bothered by her screaming “Hey look at me being socially responsible” from her ivy-covered ivory tower.