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Ten days later, police opened fire on student protestors in Jackson, Mississippi.Two students were killed; 12 were injured.The US was still reeling from the Kent State murders, but the Jackson State deaths were little publicized.All the victims were African-Americans.
Imagine that.Sad, but true.Thanks for the link to Buckdog's piece. Very moving.Kent St. was a major event for me. I was 12, too young to be very political, but because I have a sister who is 9 years older I was much more into the "hippie" thing than any of my friends. She was a sophomore at a small Liberal Arts college at the time. I went down to Catawba to spend a weekend with her occasionally and was hooked by all the psychedelic aspects and the absolutely mind blowing music. I was listening to early Allmans and Santana while my friends were into Bobby Sherman and the Partridges :)But Kent State made me start thinking about the serious side of all this protest stuff going on. I got my first dog-tag shortly after.As it says at the Holocaust Memorial - We must not allow ourselves to forget lest we allow it to be repeated. (paraphrased)It's scary how the current atmosphere here is just begging for a similar event. An administration that sees totalitarian force as an acceptable means to an end. A public that is so divided and intolerant. I don't see any of our choices for the next president being an answer to everything, but I do believe ANY of them will be an improvement, and I am holding out hope that we'll turn a little bit of a corner and at least start down a better road.
I was listening to early Allmans and Santana while my friends were into Bobby Sherman and the Partridges :)Sosock, I had the exact same experience, also for the same reason! My siblings are 5 and 8 years older than me, and I was a cool little kid into cool music long before my peers.I'll only disagree with one thing: 12 is not too young to be political. I went to peace marches with my father - if you look around now, you will see lots of young people who are political, either with their families or their peers. Whenever it happens, at whatever age, it's good.As for that corner turning, a fair election would go a long way towards that. Will there be one?
What still irks me is the feeling that the people who were shot somehow "deserved it" for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. So was the Governor.
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