Monday, May 4, 2009

Kent State remembered

Kent State student John Filo's Pulitzer Prize-winning photo of Mary Ann Vecchio discovering the slain Jeffrey Miller.

39 years ago today, Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire on an unarmed group of antiwar demonstrators for 13 seconds, killing four students. My piece last year, is the definitive history. (And it brought out a pesky right wing troll, as well as my very first IP banning of this site.)

I don't have anything to add to what I wrote last year.

Also see: Mike and Kendra's May 4th website for documentation, photos, follow-ups, and everything else you ever wanted to know.

And rest in peace, dear ones: Allison Krause, Jeffrey Miller, Sandra Scheuer and William Knox Schroeder.


D. said...

Thank you.

(Not that I'd forgotten; mostly that I also insist on remembering Jackson State too, and my mind is currently on...other things.)

DaisyDeadhead said...

D, certainly, I should also remember Jackson State and often forget...but as I said in last year's post, Kent State made it very clear that even the pampered, white children of the middle class were expendable if necessary, and that was damned scary. Jackson State, by contrast, appeared (at the time) to be business as usual, the usual southern terrorism continued.

yellowdog granny said...

i remember that day like it was yesterday..thinking at the time..'my country, my country what have they done to my country.'...

sheila said...

Although I was pretty young, I actually DO remember when this happened. Since it's pretty local for me. I don't know how they honor this in other parts of the country, but here in Ohio, there's always some type of service, memorial, dedication, remembrance. Nice post Daisy.

Ravenmn said...

Gov. James Rhodes: "They're worse than the Brownshirts and the Communist element and also the Night Riders and the vigilantes. They're the worst type of people that we harbor in America."

Never prosecuted for his incitement to murder. Asshat!

Ann oDyne said...

I remember it well and it is still shocking.
Students with opinions were seen
by The Right Wing Establishment as a threat.
Eight traumatised parents are out there andbad karma must have got Rhodes by now.

dick n vierz said...

Hi Daisy --

Of topic to this post, sorta, but I was just reading about the history of the sixties, coming across the seemingly ancient phrase "criticism/self-criticism". I remember you talking about that process once and wondered if you might speak to it again. I know: a vague request, but whatever ramblings you have I would find interesting.


DaisyDeadhead said...

Hey dick, working a tight schedule but at least wanted to reply to your question. I will try to do a post about Crit/Self-Crit at some point, if I can write it without traumatic flashbacks! hahaha. The actual practice rather defies description.

A very good "personal account" (includes comments by me) is hereAnd this is an "official guide" to "how it's done"--in theory, anyway!