Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Oh Baby, Ohio

It was 40 years ago today that four American students were gunned down by our own National Guard. They wrote songs about it.

Kent State remembers, Ms. F remembers and so do I -- like it happened yesterday. I can still feel the same horror welling up today as strongly as it felt on the day the news broke.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was a senior in high school and the sentiment was about 60/40 in favor of the National Guard. I kid you not. We 40% still caused an uproar by lowering the flag to half mast and blocking the principal from raising it back up. It was fun. Some of us were off to Vietnam and some of us were bound for college. Four dead in O-hi-o.
Jim Martin

10:46:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Hey Jim. Nice to see you. I guess I'm just a year older than you. I recall watching the news and gaping in horror seeing our own government kill kids on a campus. But I do remember hippies getting beat up a lot too, particularly in the south. Just growing your hair long was a big political statement in those days. Cool that you kids took a stand at your school. My big high school demo was about restoring the half days for seniors in the last week of school.

6:36:00 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

I was married and had a two year old daughter at the time. Hell yes you could be assaulted for just walking around with long hair and I may be the only person in history ever to get ticketed for ONE over the limit in Chicago -- just so the bastard could justify harassing me for having what would today be considered a conservative haircut.

I remember a case in Texas where some locals were castrating "hippies" and that scene in Easy Rider was no flight of fancy.

And these D-Baggers insist on calling us "haters."

10:33:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Funny isn't it how we tend to remember the peace and love part, or at least I do, but forget about the violence and the discrimination. IN some ways, we were fighting tea party types back then and it was probably more violent than it is today.

The depressing part is I thought we won and that we wouldn't have to fight the same battles all over again.

8:30:00 AM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

It's an eternal battle. I think we went through it with the Neanderthals - conservatives who didn't like art and liked to do everything the old way. Seems that their genes have persisted to this day in some of us.

11:07:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

LOL. I saw that piece and thought, well doesn't that explain everything. Calling them knuckle-draggers was right on target. :)

1:52:00 PM  

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