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Kent State: 45 years ago Monday

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by micropolitan guy, May 3, 2015.

  1. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    I was in 10th grade. I remember watching the news that night in disbelief, and kids wearing black armbands to school the following day. King assassination, RFK assassination, Kent State, Jackson State, South Carolina State killings all with roughly two years ... a pretty crappy time in US history. I think the Civil War might be the only time in US history the country was more fractured and divided.
  2. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Kent State was the beginning of the end for the antiwar movement, because the Nixon administration made it clear it would shoot to kill.

    There were a number of less-organized and less-impressive war protests after that, but attendance fell off like a brick when it became clear the administration would shoot to kill.

    It's easy to march and sing and wave banners if the worst you think you're going to get is a snootful of tear gas; it's a whole nother deal when the bad guys are shooting with real bullets.
    Last edited: May 4, 2015
  3. zagoshe

    zagoshe Well-Known Member

    Fuck those hippies
  4. BitterYoungMatador2

    BitterYoungMatador2 Well-Known Member

  5. zagoshe

    zagoshe Well-Known Member

    Boy the way Glenn Miller played.....
  6. swingline

    swingline Well-Known Member

  7. SFIND

    SFIND Well-Known Member

    So the White House dispatched the Ohio National Guard and told them to shoot? Haven't heard that before...
  8. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    You know the old saying, "Only Nixon could go and shoot college students."
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  9. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    Hope you guys saw the PBS doc on the Kent State shooting last week (I think it was called "The day the '60's died")

    It was excellent - I learned so much.

    Had no idea that troopers killed a kid at Jackson State as well. What a fricking wild time.

    Aaaand Nixon beat McGovern by about 500 electoral votes two years later.
  10. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    What did Nixon have to do with Kent State?
  11. exmediahack

    exmediahack Well-Known Member

    Between Altamont, Kent State and the U of Wisconsin Bombing, that eight months really flattened the factions of counterculture and the visibility of the anti-war movement.
  12. doctorquant

    doctorquant Well-Known Member

    In the aftermath he called the students (including the victims) "bums" ... To this day I'm relieved he didn't call them thugs. :p
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