Ode to the 40th Anniversary of Kent State Uprising

I remember well my parents talking about Kent State. To them it was simple logic. There are well-armed National Guard with guns. Looking at you. Students start throwing rocks. Bad idea. A wise student would thus retreat, go back to the dorm. You do not throw rocks at anyone. Not at well-armed National Guard troops. Nothing nuanced about this. Not that they were unsympathetic, but a “teachable moment” for me. You behave when the police request you to do something. You do not run. But then I grew up believing “my home was my castle”… no eminent domain our way. You could shoot intruders. We left our doors unlocked, because where I grew up, that was how it was. Keys in cars, doors unlocked. Oh, the good old days.

Today is the 40th anniversary of the anti-war protests at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. For those of you under 40, May4.org has the history recap:

On May 4, 1970 the Ohio National Guard opened fire into a busy college campus during a school day. A total of 67 shots were fired in 13 seconds. Four students: Allison Krause, Jeffrey Miller, William Schroeder, and Sandra Scheuer were killed. Nine students were wounded.


2 Responses to “Ode to the 40th Anniversary of Kent State Uprising”

  1. Patrick Sperry Says:

    Ah yes, the outrage that the left expressed when that happened. The helpless unarmed peaceful protesters, and all that.

    After the smoke cleared and the truth came out though? I was surprised at the restraint showed by the Guardsmen that day.


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