Still Seeking Truth in the Kent State Massacre
On May 4, 1970 a troop of Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire with live ammunition on unarmed Kent State students protesting America's invasion of Cambodia. Four students were shot dead and nine were wounded. Ten days later, also in a student protest against the Vietnam War, two Jackson State students were slaughtered and more than 11 were wounded by law enforcement.
In May 1970 the Vietnam War came home when the campus massacres perpetrated by US law enforcement and national guardsmen took lethal aim at protesters on public university campuses, shockingly shooting dead both black and white students protesting the Vietnam War. Student protesters against the war, and those fighting the draft lottery, were marked targets of the state in a country already divided over the Vietnam War.
In the first days following the massacres at Kent State and Jackson State, more than four million students rose up in dissent across 900 campuses, generating the only nationwide student protest in US history. The Kent State massacre has never been thoroughly examined and no person or group has been held accountable for wrongdoing.