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  •  It is crazier now. (1+ / 0-)
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    I remember that time clearly, but now is even beyond words for me.

    •  You're kidding, right? (3+ / 0-)
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      Catte Nappe, Bernie68, Tinfoil Hat

      In barely 3 years we had the Newark riots, the assassination of MLK and the resultant riots, the assassination of RFK,  the police riot in Chicago, the election of a paranoid crook to the Presidency, My Lai, an anti-anti-war riot by NYC construction workers, the Weathermen blowing up themselves & a Village brownstone, Kent State, and a thousand other things I can't remember off the top of my head that reflected a divide in the country that had at least as much animus as the current one and that resulted in a great deal more domestic violence than we've experienced recently.  

      "If you don't read the newspapers, you're uninformed. If you do read the newspapers, you're misinformed." -- M. Twain

      by Oliver St John Gogarty on Thu May 02, 2013 at 12:21:02 PM PDT

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      •  I turned 23 that year and I won't forget any of it (0+ / 0-)

        What people do seem to forget is that shortly after the murders at Kent State, there was a similar incident  at Jackson State. Two students were murdered there during a peaceful anti war protest by the Jackson Police and the State Police.  Many other students were wounded.

        The FBI found no reason for the authorities to have opened fire, but there was no prosecution, no disciplinary action taken against the shooters and the university has done  its best cover it up, even to renaming the area of the school where it happened.  I had to run "1970 colleg4e shootings" in Google just to fact check.

        You were right about things never changing.  These students were African American and that made their deaths seem less important than the deaths at Kent State and during other violence which took place at the time.

        I am not African American but I cried as hard for them as I did for the students at Kent State and other venues.  If things had been different that could have been me or any of my friends.  We were trying to stop a war that should never have happened, just as all of us and most of you are trying to right the injustices in this country before what was good and beautiful disappears entirely..

        •  Edited because I got some of it wrong (0+ / 0-)

          The students at Jackson State did have a violent interval.  I think riot police could have handled it without killing anyone.  Both young men were killed by shotgun  pellets, one behind police lines.

          The area of the shootings which took place against the women's dorm on Lynch Street was named after the two victims but without any explanation that I could find as to who they were or what had happened.

          I'm sorry for the errors, but my cat was puking up a hairball by my feet and  I got distracted go8ing back and forth to check facts while I was writing.  Pardon the errors, please..

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