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.