Wednesday, October 17, 2012


Dealing with Dissent

When the Ohio National Guard fired sixty-seven armor-piercing bullets at unarmed student protestors on the Kent State University campus on May 4, 1970, I was one month away from my high school graduation. As I prepared to enter college that fall, student strikes were underway across the country.

Perhaps more than Woodstock the previous year or the Summer of Love three years earlier, the Kent State and Jackson State massacres were instrumental in forming the identity of many American youth. While not all of them would retain hippie values or commit themselves to furthering civil and human rights, many would never again trust the government when it came to dealing with dissent.

In today's Black Agenda Report, Laurel Krause and Mickey Huff examine the evidence of police misconduct and guard complicity in manufacturing the tragedy at Kent State that left four students dead.


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