Chesa Boudin is the son of two convicted terrorists, and literally orphaned when they went to prison, was raised by his parents’ friends in crime Weather Underground compatriots Bill Ayers and his wife Bernadine Dohrne, both of whom had been federal fugitives in the 1970s for their anti-war activities.
Chesa Boudin’s parents, American lawyers Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert, were both far-left supporters. His father is serving a life sentence, while his mother died in 2021. Chesa Boudin worked as a translator for Venezuela’s dictatorial former president Hugo Chávez and co-wrote a book about the Bolivarian revolution.
Boudin’s parents were getaway drivers in the attempted Brink’s robbery in 1981 in Nanuet, New York, about 35 miles north of New York City. His mother, Kathy Boudin, pleaded guilty to murder and robbery and was imprisoned for more than two decades. His father, David Gilbert, is still behind bars after he was convicted of murder and robbery.
Boudin’s parents were not convicted “for driving the getaway car.” They were convicted of felony murder because they were an integral part of a robbery plot for a group that they knew had murdered a guard in a recent “expropriation.” Their role was to be beards — white motorists unlikely to be suspected of a reported robbery by black men. They played it to a lethal T, successfully pleading with officers at a roadblock to put away their guns, just before their comrades burst out of the back of the U-Haul and murdered them. Boudin, though, passes over this act, offering a laconic exculpation: “That truck was stopped at a roadblock before getting on the highway, and the people got out of the back of the car shooting.”
“In 1981, when Chesa Boudin was 14 months old, his parents — members of the radical and violent Weather Underground — left him with a babysitter so they could take part in an armored car robbery. It became one of New York’s most notorious botched heists, a crime that left two police officers and a Brink’s truck guard dead in a New York suburb.”
Boudin was named Chesa by his parents to honor convicted murderer Joanne Chesimard. who led the Black Liberation Army when it was a cop-hunting group that assassinated at least six police officers in the early 1970s.
Boudin’s parents took part in dozens of bombings with their white Weatherman terrorist group in its declared war on the United States from 1970 to 1975. These were the folks who bastardized the cry of “peace now” in the Vietnam anti-war movement into “piece now!” (Piece was slang for a gun.) Their war’s avowed purpose was to aid black revolutionaries in creating a communist government. From 1980 to 1981 Boudin’s parents aided the Black Liberation Army as it carried out a string of “expropriations,” meaning armed robberies.
Dohrn and Ayers similarly still present their 1970s bombing campaign as “armed propaganda” against symbolic buildings that was never intended to hurt anyone. That claim is false on its face, since the initial spate of bombings in early 1970 were intended to, and did, cause casualties. Kathy Boudin’s bombing cell was arming a nail-bomb for an army sergeants’ dance when it blew up, killing three Weathermen and nearly killing her, three floors up in the bomb factory. But more fundamentally, to plant any bomb is to make a judgment that innocent bystanders and even first responders to a called-in warning are acceptable casualties for your glorious cause.
Boudin was adopted by the former leaders of the Weathermen, Bernardine Dohrn and Bill Ayers, after his own parents left him with a babysitter while they took part in the robbery of a Brinks armored car. Dohrn and Ayers had similarly saddled their own sons with revolutionary names: Zayd Osceola, to honor Chesimard’s Black Liberation Army partner in cop-killing and the Seminole Indian leader, and Malik Cochise, combining Malcolm X’s Arabic name and an Apache war chief.
You get the picture: white children must be validated with the names of people of color who attack whites. This fundamental sense of white guilt can be seen in Dohrn leading discussions in 1969 about the need to “off (kill) white pig babies” before they can grow up to be unworthy oppressors, and in her later use of white children as “beards” to keep suspicion off her as she cased sites for bombings.