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  1. I recall the Kent State massacre as well as its aftermath. Amerika was killing its youth in an unjust, illegal war and slaughtering them on college campuses. By May of 1970 the line had clearly been drawn between those of us with a conscience and people who blindly supported a government that had no regard for the principles of truth and justice.

    On Friday May 15,1970, eleven days after the Kent State massacre, State and City police killed two students and injured another twelve at Jackson State University in Mississippi. The students were protesting the tragedy at Kent State University as well as the recent invasion of Cambodia, government sanctioned racism and rumors that Mississippi mayor Charles Evers (brother of slain Civil Rights activist Medgar Evers) and his wife had been shot and killed.

    Seventy-five policemen armed with carbines, submachine guns, shotguns, service revolvers and personal weapons fired more than 460 rounds at the students. Emergency workers were not called to assist those who lay bleeding until the officers picked up their shell casings!

    The two Jackson State students who died were:
    Phillip Lafayette Gibbs, 21, father of an 18-month-old son and James Earl Green, 17

    The twelve other students struck by gunfire were:

    Fonzie Coleman, Redd Wilson Jr., Leroy Kenter, Vernon Steve Weakley, Gloria Mayhorn, Patricia Ann Sanders, Willie Woodard, Andrea Reese, Stella Spinks, Climmie Johnson, Tuwaine Davis, Lonzie Thompson.

    For generations, most jobs were kept from minorities, they were profiled by the authorities, harassed, beaten and killed just because of the color of their skin. In the late 1960’s, long haired, middle class white youth received the same treatment just because of the way they looked. These common experiences along with an abhorrence of unfairness and a cultivated higher level of consciousness brought black, white, brown, red and yellow people together as brother and sister. The Nixon administration wasn’t as open minded. Amerika showed its hated of those they considered “crazies” by declaring war on drugs, dissent and the counterculture.

    J. Edgar Hoover worked hand-in-hand with Richard Nixon. The FBI spied on anyone who disagreed with the war, it infiltrated civil rights and anti-war groups and intentionally fomented paranoia among the members of these organizations. The agency employed informants and trained them as agent provocateur to encourage and provoke protesters into committing illegal acts.

    FBI agents withheld as well as planted evidence to gain convictions against innocent citizens. They assisted local police in the murder of Black Panther, Fred Hampton by providing a map of his apartment. Hampton was shot as he slept in his bed. Federal agents planted false, vile newspaper stories that besmirched the reputation of people on Mr. Hoover’s shit list. The FBI unsuccessfully tried to induce, via blackmail, Dr. Martin Luther King into committing suicide!

    FBI wasn’t the only lawless federal agency that was defiling our constitutional rights, The CIA was violating its charter by spying on American citizens. Ronald Regan, B movie actor and former FBI informant, showed his disdain for the counterculture when he called for a “blood bath” as his solution to dealing with protesters and as Governor of California he was using his influence to illegitimately crush free speech on the Berkeley campus. The kettle was boiling over by May of 1970 and we all knew that something had to be done. (to be continued…)

  2. Once again Man, good stuff, too important, needed to be part of the post, so now it is.
    00individual sincerely appreciates your time and energy.
    Thanks, as always!

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