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>> Monday, May 4, 2009

I was thinking about this a few weeks back because of a joke made on 30 Rock. Normally, I am all for poking fun at just about anything un-PC (the Phil Spector joke killed...pun intended). But for some reason I feel very strange about the reference to the May 4, 1970 shootings at Kent State university. I remember listening to a documentary on it a few years back. Something about the whole event seemed so eerie and shocking, like the kind of thing that should not happen in America. The event remains controversial to this day - in part because the issue of who caused what has never been decided and none of the National Guardsmen who fired on the student protesters (killing four and wounding nine) has ever been convicted of a crime.

Then I think of how this event fits into the political and popular context of the time. A turning point, the end of the 60s - a time when people's belief in their ability to effect change had been worn down by Vietnam, Nixon, and the failure of peace and love and hippie folk music to accomplish all that it was supposed to.

Also of note: yesterday was Pete Seeger's 90th birthday.


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