Monday, May 04, 2009

Oh baby, Ohio

The massacre at Kent State happened 39 years ago.

I remember the horror I felt when I watched the live footage, like it was yesterday. They died for peace. May they rest in it also.

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Blogger danps said...

My alma mater, by the way. I've walked passed the site hundreds of times. One thing most folks don't realize is that KSU is a suburban college - getting kids from the outer rings of Cleveland, Akron and Youngstown. It wasn't (and isn't) exactly Berkeley Midwest. If it could have happened there, trust me, it could have happened anywhere.

3:23:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

So true Dan. That's what made it so horrifying.

I sometimes forgot how brutal the repression was in those years when complaining about the treatment of protesters while Bush was in office. And when people complain about the militancy of someone like Ayers, it's useful to remember that his actions were taken in the context of those times.

5:21:00 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Yes it was brutal and sadly, most people don't remember or never learned and that leaves people like Sarah Palin to prattle about domestic terrorists as though they didn't consider themselves patriots.

Several times I have heard it described as an "armed hippie uprising."

They've taken history hostage.

5:45:00 PM  
Blogger rockync said...

No FOI, no probable cause, not much in the way of civil rights, forced military draft -
Those "summers of love" were not all sex, drugs and rock and roll.
I remember watching the footage and thinking, "My God, Americans are killing their own children!"
Is it any wonder a whole generation grew up distrusting our leaders.
Looking back over the years from Indian massacres to Japanese internment to the Viet Nam War years to Gitmo, it becomes clear that our nation's history is riddled with violence and human rights abuses.

5:48:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

The world is a violent place in many ways. All we can do is keep working for peace.

8:33:00 AM  

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