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Old 05-04-2010, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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KENT, Ohio Forty springs ago, on the day the Vietnam War came home as it never had before, Mary Ann Vecchio was there. She's the girl in the haunting photo crying, kneeling over the student's body.



1970 Kent State shootings are an enduring history lesson - USATODAY.com
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Old 05-04-2010, 09:32 AM
 
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The lesson is you should not give poorly trained and motivated people rifles with bullets.
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Old 05-04-2010, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Like all history lessons, one that was not learned.
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Old 05-04-2010, 10:52 AM
 
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Gov. James Rhodes Dies at 91; Sent the Guard to Kent State

James A. Rhodes, a four-term Republican governor of Ohio who was known at home as a builder and booster of his state but remembered nationally more for sending onto the Kent State University campus the national guardsmen who killed four students there, died on Sunday at the Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus, the city where he lived. He was 91.

Gov. James Rhodes Dies at 91 - Sent the Guard to Kent State - Obituary; Biography - NYTimes.com
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Old 05-04-2010, 12:13 PM
 
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Kent State was not the only university where there were clashes, nor the only one with deaths. Another southern campus also experienced them. But since the University was all black at the time it received little attention.
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Old 05-04-2010, 01:25 PM
 
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Kent State was not the only university where there were clashes, nor the only one with deaths. Another southern campus also experienced them. But since the University was all black at the time it received little attention.
Kent State recieved more noterity for a couple of other reasons, as well.

First, it was immortalized in song. There are many shipwrecks in the Great Lakes far more disasterous, but the Edmund Fitzgerald is the one we remember, for exactly the same reason.

Secondly, that innocently taken photo by a journelist spurred a major search for Mary Ann. She was a teenage runaway who was eventually located in one of my old haunts, the old Herron neighborhood in Indianapolis, largely inhabited by art students and other free thinkers in the 70's. It gave her family the first major clue as to her whereabouts.
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Old 05-04-2010, 05:35 PM
 
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While that may be true, I suspect another, equally important reason is that in 1970 interest in those killed at kent state (all white in a major MW state) drew far more news coverage than an incicent in the deep south where blacks were killed. The song got written I suspect because the author heard about the event on the news and did not hear about the one in the south. It was a different era in television.
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Old 05-04-2010, 07:39 PM
 
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Um.... the song, 4 Dead in Ohio, was written by Neil Young and sung by Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. I'm betting the four of them were more likely in tune (no pun intended) with SNCC, SDS, CNVA, the Student Libertarian Party, and even the Black Panthers than they were with the likes of Huntly and Brinkley or Walter Cronkite.
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Old 05-05-2010, 05:37 AM
 
Location: On a Long Island in NY
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Um.... the song, 4 Dead in Ohio, was written by Neil Young and sung by Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. I'm betting the four of them were more likely in tune (no pun intended) with SNCC, SDS, CNVA, the Student Libertarian Party, and even the Black Panthers than they were with the likes of Huntly and Brinkley or Walter Cronkite.
At least 1 of the dead students was not a participant in the protest/riot, but was hit by a unaimed shot while walking to class.
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Old 05-05-2010, 05:47 AM
 
Location: St. Augustine
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Middle class college students aren't supposed to be killed by the Guard; it's striking workers the Guard is intended to kill.

Compared to the number of labor and Black activists that have been killed by the authorities the Kent State deaths are trivial but I suppose the self centered Baby Boomers won't ever let us forget the day they "lost their innocence" or some such bull****. As long as you don't count the working class and Black Baby Boomers who had no innocence to lose.
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