Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Remembering Kent State

Today is the 35th anniversary of the murder of four students by the National Guard at Kent State University. One of the victims was a bystander who wasn't even part of the Cambodia protest, though at least one news report I saw from Ohio just says "four protesters" were killed.

No Guardsmen were ever prosecuted by the state of Ohio.

The Guardsmen were eventually prosecuted by the federal government, but the charges were thrown out because no investigaton had ever taken place.

No Guardsmen were ever fired or demoted.

The Nixon tapes revealed that President Nixon requested that the Secret Service beat up anti-war demonstrators. The blood of Kent State can never be washed from the hands of Nixon.


Actually, I think two of the four killed students were bystanders. At least, that's what they tell us here at Kent. This doesn't appear in the literature, but I was told that one of the factors in the shooting was the fact that classes were still being held that day despite the tension: a large crowd of protesters and spectators appeared larger when students changing classes appeared in the area.

There's quite a few people up here that were there, and Kent State has a large collection of May 4 archives that are a facsinating read.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:21 PM  

Some of the literature I've read says one bystander, other literature says two. You'd think they could get something like that straight, wouldn't you?

By Blogger Diane, at 6:30 PM  

I forgot to mention...I've tried to rely on my memory, but that hasn't helped.

By Blogger Diane, at 6:31 PM  

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