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  •  Remember Jackson State and Kent State (0+ / 0-)

    The above link is a little biased against the students but explains some of what happened.

    At Columbia University in the spring of 1970, SDS allied with the building and grounds workers union, a UAW affiliate and Local 1999 for the first worker-student political strike since the 1930s. The killings at Jackson State and Kent State were prominent in our leaflets and picket signs and speeches. The strike was most amazing because for the first time since the 1930s the unions went out in support of political demands, which included demands to get out of Vietnam, stop the draft, stop the attacks on black students at Jackson State and on black workers in Augusta, Georgia where workers had been killed by the cops. The media called what was happening riots where we saw rebellion. It all depends on vantage point.

    •  I knew many people in Oakland (1+ / 0-)
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      at the time of Kent State. Years later their analysis was that Kent State was a tactic, a signal to the radical civil rights and anti-war movements that 'they' would kill anyone. The blacks thought that it would not be unusual for them to be killed, given the overt racism of the time, but 4 WHITE kids, that was truely a signal.

      What the President says is executive privilege is nothing but executive poppycock. -Sam Ervin

      by sailmaker on Wed May 03, 2006 at 11:54:03 PM PDT

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