Archive for May 5, 2012
Tin soldiers and Nixon coming,
We’re finally on our own.
This summer I hear the drumming,
Four dead in Ohio.
— Neil Young, “Ohio”
Go watch the video. I’ll wait.
Yesterday marked the forty-second anniversary of the Kent State Massacre. I feel a very personal tie to this event, whether deservedly or not. Let me tell you my thoughts.
It was a different time. Rocked by racial tensions, America seemingly could not extract itself from a bloody, unpopular, and unnecessary war. Protests on our college campuses, and riots in the streets of our cities contrasted with an explosion of artistic expression and new-found sexual freedom. The assassinations of Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King still burned like open wounds. (more…)