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Four Dead In Ohio


#1

Four Dead In Ohio

Today marks the 45th anniversary of the Kent State shootings, wherein National Guardsmen opened fire into a crowd of unarmed college students peacefully protesting an illegal war, wounding nine and killing four. Despite chilling testimony from that day, the government has never accepted responsibility. Thus, the state-sanctioned killing of America's children lurches on - the Guard then, the cops now. Neil Young: "Soldiers are cutting us down."


#2

Plus ça change, plus ça meme.


#3

I grew up in NE Ohio, about an hour's drive away from Kent, and was 15 going on 16 when this happened. I was already against the war, and to protest the killings I and a few friends went to school the next day wearing black armbands with white peace signs painted on them, a harmless enough gesture. Nevertheless school authorities asked us to remove them, and when we refused we were suspended for three days. When I went back to school I wanted to put the armband back on, but my parents forbade it, and I didn't have much choice. But there certainly was a lot of discussion among my fellow 10th-graders thereafter, and many kids, at least temporarily, were swayed to the cause. Despite the repression, those were much more open times than now, though I still retain the hope that a massive shift in consciousness such as that witnessed in the 60s might still emerge to save the society on the world from what sometimes seems like certain disaster.


#4

At the time, I was attending Southern Illinois University, in Edwardsville. The next day, we took over the Presidents office. I remember sitting at his desk, with my feet up. Wasn't much when I look back, but it was something to show our disgust. Non-violent, they drug us out, but didn't arrest us. One of many encounters with the law over the next five years. I don't regret any of it. We were in the right, as history proved. As for the government, they never live up to the stupid things they do. "They" I guess, is actually "us." Or so it's said.