The Killing Of ‘Bums’ – May 4, 1970

Kent State - And then it became Nixon's War.

Kent State – And then it became Nixon’s War.

Click on the link here for Audio Player – NBC Nightly News – May 4, 1970 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection

Days earlier, on May 1st 1970, President Nixon was asked about the wave of Campus protests to the American excursion into Cambodia. Referring to the students protesting as “bums”, Nixon managed to drive a wedge into the division a bit deeper, and after the killing of four students at Kent State on May 4th, the protests became louder and the Anti-War sentiment grew much larger.

Beyond a piss-poor choice of words, Nixon managed to illustrate just how badly out of touch Washington was, and how fed-up America was over a war with no point, a war with no end, and a war with no justification.

And by the end of this day in 1970 there were four students; Allison Krause, William Schroeder, Sandra Scheuer and Jeffrey Miller, laying dead – three shot in the chest, one shot in the head; all because they wanted an end to something senseless. And the senselessness became compounded.

And in case you forgot – the killing didn’t end on this May 4th in 1970. It got a repeat performance in Jackson State days later.

Truly ‘Interesting times’, via a truly ‘interesting’ edition of the NBC Nightly News for May 4th 1970.

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