How can you run when you know?

I was in high school in Toledo, Ohio, when this happened. 50 years ago today.

Tin soldiers and Nixon coming. We’re finally on our own.
This summer I hear the drumming, four dead in Ohio.
Gotta get down to it, soldiers are cutting us down.
Should have been done long ago.
What if you knew her and found her dead on the ground?

Jerry Casale, founding member of the band Devo, was a student at Kent State during the protests. He has written an essay on the events of that day for Rolling Stone.

Hat tip to Amanda Marcotte for the link.


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