Kent State and May 4

I wasn’t planning to write about this — and in case anyone cares, I kind of recycled a similar post with the same headline from three years ago. But I couldn’t get it out of my mind as I was running this morning. Kent State and May 4, 1970. That’s more than 40 years and a lifetime ago — but I still think about Allison Krause and the others who were killed and injured that day.

I didn’t know Allison — or Jeffrey Miller, Sandra Scheuer and William Schroeder. But I think about Allison because of the Pittsburgh connection, hers and mine. And I think what a shame. Allison and the others would have been — should have been — in their late 50s or early 60s now. Maybe they would be ending careers. Maybe they would be parents — possibly grandparents. I can’t shake those thoughts having been at Kent State myself in 1970, although graduating in March and back home in Pittsburgh in May.

I know there is no point in rehashing what happened on May 4, 1970, and the days immediately before it. If you have an opinion, like me, it has been anchored in concrete for years. For most others now — it’s history.

Yet it is a day in America’s history worth remembering.

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One response to “Kent State and May 4

  1. burghthoughts

    It most certainly is a day in history to remember, and thats why I told my son a year or so ago to email you for your perspective when that Actually came up in his civics class. Too many events…Selma, Little Rock, Chicago 1968 seem to get tossed into the trash heap of history that our, my kids have no real perspective on the history of this great nation,,,good or bad.
    A case in point…Google came out and said that the largest search on Sunday was for “who is bin laden” betweeen ages 13-18. I can understand someone who was five at the time maybe not knowing who bin laden was, but i happen to have a daughter 13 and a son 17 and they Both knew EXACTLY who bin landen was when justice was delivered on Sunday. It’s part of who they are…the whole world changed that day…and they should not be prevented from seeing what horror took place…the same as you and I, well really you because I was eight, had to live thru probably one of the darkest days in our history when the order was given to open fire at Kent.

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