Friday, May 04, 2012

4 Dead In Ohio - 1970

John Filo's iconic Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph of Mary Ann Vecchio, a fourteen-year-old runaway, kneeling in anguish over the body of Jeffrey Miller minutes after he was shot by the Ohio National Guard. Courtesy of Wikipedia.

I've blogged a couple of times about this event, here and here.

As noted in my prior postings, this was a pivotal moment in my life. I was a senior in high school, and after that event, I remember arranging for the cake for our senior party, long flat one with a mound, where we put on plastic toy soldiers with guns, and then on the flat part, we had little plastic people placed face down and in other positions indicating having been "shot."

Ohio, CSNY


Bob said...

Changed my head around. I went from thinking of myself as a war protester to war resister. But I never blamed the National Guardsmen. I figured most of them (not all) were green, scared, & themselves trying to stay out of Vietnam.

Carrie said...

Yeah, I have the same mindset ... to a point. Just as we see in the police response to the Occupy movement, we see the mirror image of what the "people" in power's vision of the hippie/protestor of that era. Both are still fuck you before you fuck me. Or shoot to kill because I have a badge. Either way, the PEOPLE have little to no protection. Nothing has really changed, you know it, I know it, and most of the world knows it.

Bob said...

Since then I've become a firm believer in the shadow government. Vietnam taught the shadow government how not to run a war. Don't draft, don't allow media to report from combat, hide casualties, hide costs, privatize as much of the war as possible because it's more profitable even more difficult to track the waste.