Posted by: mutantpoodle | May 4, 2010

Kent State

I’m not sure how you argue that the shootings at Kent State, which happened 40 years ago today, are an optional element in the teaching of American history, but apparently some people feel that way.

I’ll ignore the callow Kent State student who doesn’t get the event’s “relevance”, but for people who study American history, is there really any doubt that this was a seminal event in the history of the domestic opposition to the Vietnam War?

That is, by the way, a rhetorical question.

A mere ten days later, two more students were killed at Jackson State College in Mississippi. For what it’s worth, I was in my 6th grade gym class when they told me, so people back then thought it mattered.

The clip above is a haunting medley of Ohio, Sunday Bloody Sunday, and Find the Cost of Freedom, by the Canadian duo Dala.


  1. And your older sisters marched down to a demonstration on Wall St, that ended up being busted by the cops when we got to Union Square. Very peaceful and orderly, by the way…. the day before the big Wall St. riot.

  2. What Sister Susan omits is that the police chased Gretchen & Susan, and Gretchen ran faster. The slower one got hit y a the club. I didn’t know where they were, but when I heard about the gathering downtown, I figured it out. Scary times. BUT while parents of teenagers were upset, at work only the person with teenage sons was upset. It hadn’t registered anyplace else in the office. Mum

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