Thursday, May 05, 2005

The Forgotten Anniversaries

"what if you knew her
and found her dead on the ground?"
These anniversaries are not really forgotten, it's just that the media choose not to remind us of certain things, like how we felt on May 4, 1970 (35 years ago yesterday) when we heard about the killing of four unarmed peace protestors on the campus of Kent State University.

Click this Google News link to see the paucity of stories yesterday.

I want to thank Pax Romano and Bark Bark Woof Woof for reminding me that this day -- a pivotal one in the radicalization of a 14-year-old boy who now sometimes answers to the name True Blue Liberal -- was passing. They put this angry and heartbreaking song by Neil Young firmly back into my head for the last 24 hours:
"tin soldiers and nixon coming
we're finally on our own
this summer I hear the drumming
four dead in ohio"
Not forgotten.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That was an unbelievable time and an unbelievable tragedy especially to have occurred in the United States of America. It was so wrong. Unarmed students literally slaughtered because some chose the path of civil disobedience i.e. broken windows and rioting that only caused disturbance and damage to buildings. This sort of thing happens sometimes daily here in France. The police can get rough but they don't shoot people.

This is certainly one way to get people to sit down and shut up.