‘Four Dead In Ohio – 50 Years On’


‘Four Dead In Ohio – 50 Years On’

(4 May 2020, 12.24 local Ohio time)



Dear Reader:

Suffice to say, that the Kent State Massacre of 4 May 1970 is one of many events which Nixon proved himself to be Amerika’s Fascist diktator.

No one – not one politician, not one military officer – was convicted for their crimes of Treason and murder.

Crooked Drumpf is the successor Fuhrer to Nixon.

Curious.  Some of the Comments (below) accuse Obama of criminality, but not Crooked Drumpf.

 – Sharon 




WEWS – Cleveland, Ohio

791CFE97-FD81-490B-87C0-A08059B90139Kent State remembers 50th Commemoration of May 4, 1970 with online tribute

Pictured are the four Kent State University students who were killed on May 4, 1970. From left to right are Allison Krause, William Schroeder, Sandra Scheuer and Jeffrey Miller.

By: Kaylyn HlavatyPosted at 11:00 AM, Apr 17, 2020 and last updated 8:00 AM, Apr 17, 2020

KENT, Ohio — After Kent State University canceled its on-campus events commemorating the events of May 4, 1970, the university announced Friday it will still honor the victims and remember the events of that day with an online virtual program.

A variety of content will be available on May 1. The centerpiece of the online commemoration will be a special video tribute that will air at noon on Monday 4, featuring footage from past commemorations and newly recorded messages from several students wounded in 1970.

Musicians whose music was impacted by the events will offer their reflection, including David Crosby and Graham Nash, both from Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; Kent State alumnus Jerry Casale from Devo; and Jesse Colin Young from the Youngbloods.

“It is impossible to replace the very moving and solemn experience of the physical May 4 Commemoration with something that occurs online,” stated Kent State President Todd Diacon. “However, we knew it was important to remember and honor the events of May 4, 1970, even in the midst of all that was happening in the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We remain committed to the ongoing legacy of May 4, 1970 and look forward to future commemorations and educational initiatives surrounding this important moment in history.”

Since the actual march and vigil won’t be held this year, Kent State is asking everyone to participate in a virtual candlelight vigil.

Info on how to participate can be found here.

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The following is the composition that I published here two years ago.



‘Four Dead in Ohio’

(4 May 18)


Kent State.

Four Dead in Ohio.

May this be that force with you.

‘Tin soldiers and Nixon coming.

Four dead in Ohio.’

31905688_1837472416553615_7163381661562830848_nDuring the Viet Nam War era, from Truman to Ford, more people died in that war – both civilian and combat soldier – under Nixon than all other American presidents combined.


My dad, Slim, and I resided at Ashland, Oregon, that Summer of 1970.  I listened to the Rock radio station KBOY AM from Medford (anyone still remember David R. Kindig?).  The station banned ‘Ohio’, but we still heard it anyway.


These are a mere sampling of the plethora of web-sites and videos respecting and commemorating this date:

















Crosby_Stills_Nash_and_Young_1970Here is a sampling of the comments from one of the YouTube videos:


Michelle Rizzo1 year ago (edited)

It always blows my mind when I see these videos and realize today all those kids are now in their 60s and 70s. And politicians still don’t know any better.

Jeff Silverman2 years ago (edited)

My father saw combat in Korea, always a proud American. But I clearly remember this day because it was the only time I ever saw him ashamed of something America did, and how Nixon took a match to the Bill Of Rights. Kudos to you and your class for putting this together, and rest in peace to the fallen. And to Bungeestrapphil – maybe if any of these people were someone YOU cared about, you’d stow that “four dead goats” bullshit where it belongs, because something tells me you weren’t even around when this happened. Those kids were MURDERED, so maybe one day you’ll pull your head out of your ass and breath some fresh fuckin air for a change.

31543189_1837517216549135_7584676927772819456_nDavid Bergin3 years ago

There is a false equivalency on display here. No, the protesters were not perfect, but they didn’t do anything nearly as reckless as firing a loaded weapon into a crowd of people. Not all victims were even protesters.

Diego O’ Land7 months ago

I always come back to this video. To protest is to be alive.

Howard1 year ago

I was wounded pretty badly in Vietnam and on my way home in a hospital plane, we stopped in Anchorage. I got off of the plane and walked using a cane past a newspaper machine that had the classic photo of the Kent State girl kneeling and crying over one of the dead students. Three additional injured soldiers walking with me, saw the photo, and shrieked “Good for the “f…ing hippies”. “Let them all die or go to Canada”. I was devastated…both that these kids were shot and that the other guys with me had no compassion or understanding of what our democracy meant. I love Neil Young’s Ohio. What a great rock song with great guitar and vocals. It will always be an anthem to me and represent our duty to protest and voice our discontent.

Meri Clason2 years ago

did you realize that this was written in one setting, recorded in one take, and pushed to the radio despite knocking their “Teach Your Children” out of rotation because they were so shocked?

Keith Hyman2 years ago

“Tin soldiers and Nixon’s coming. We’re finally on our own.” What a brilliant, unforgettable bit of writing. No wonder you are so loved, dear Neil.

Steven Solomon3 years ago

No better time than of late to remember these sublime choruses responding to the most horrid actions of our so-called democracy stomping on its own children.

jack duffy2 years ago

I am still shocked at the bloodshed that day. Four beautiful defenseless people slaughtered and no repercussions from it. I was disgusted with the government then and now under Obama I am sickened again.

vmf2262 years ago

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Now we are on the verge of getting another Richard Nixon. I know what side I was on then. I know what side I’m on now.

Felix Norman8 months ago

tin cops & Trump coming!

31922621_1837524936548363_8638996535998152704_nD VE3 years ago

still such a powerful song after all these years. May the 4 RIP

surfingsuicune2 years ago

Remember: you’re just an inconvenience to the state. They’d kill you as soon as look at you, given a reason or not. And to think, we had the balls to go to war with despotic regimes who did the very same thing to their people.

Seth Holmes3 years ago

45 years ago today.

Has anything changed?

Anthony Boerio4 years ago

Good work on your video, Mitch.

Interesting that those protesters and those who supported them are now the ones running this Administration. You know, the ones that what to tap your phone lines, fly drones all over the place, re-write The Constitution, etc…..

Eric Hinds4 years ago

I can’t see how people call this event in our nations history boring. You really need to wake up even though it happened in 1970 history recycles itself every twenty years or more and this is happening today. Look at Sandy Hook and the kids that were murdered and then say BORING. Kent state where this took place the students were protesting the Vietnam conflict and because someone set off some firecrackers they were fired upon and four students lay dead.

Ann Lebowitz1 year ago

tin soldiers and trump coming we are finally on are own I’m getting too old to do this again but bring it


31946494_1837515379882652_4998994572768968704_nComments from another YouTube page:


Joe Crawford6 months ago

i was 3 years old when this took place

Denise Reghetti1 year ago

I remember that day, time, event, …. in OHIO

helmethead721 year ago

This is how any state deals with citizens with a legitimate complaint. What’s the difference between the outrageous shooting of 4 young, unarmed people, 1 of whom wasn’t even involved with the anti war protests, or the 1989 Tiannamen Square killings by the Chinese military? Just the number of those killed and injured. The mentality of the state officials was identical.

Now we have students so shocked by another person’s opinion that they need a ‘safe zone’ to keep their insular view protected. The student protesters in the 60’s and not just America but Europe as well, had guts, a social conscience. Today’s health and safety obsessed generation are frankly an insult to those who stood up to militarism and corporate fascism 46 years ago.

XDreamMD8 months ago

It was just a result of poor planning and training. Johnson realized how badly things were screwed up and left a horrible situation for Nixon, who had nothing to do with the shootings at Kent State.

XDreamMD8 months ago

To see a similarity between Kent State and Tiananmen Square requires intellectual dishonesty at a wholesale level.
31938241_1837518196549037_3309930097284218880_nStop And Think1 year ago

was it all for nothing?

WarblesOnALot1 year ago


Hmmn, tricky question…

I was 9 in 1970, and I watched AmeriKa go all Nazi-Stormtrooper, live on the TV News, here in Oz.

My son is 27, and I raised him to never ever join any Armed Farce.

At 17 he was elected the youngest Deputy Captain in the NSW Rural Fire Brigade, at 18 he attended a Fire which killed 172 people the day before he arrived (it was 1,500 Km away), at 24 he became full Brigade Captain, at 25 he helped found the local Remote Area Firefighting Team…

Because of seeing on the TV News, as a kid, the sort of shit which anybody in any Armed Farce can be ordered to do – and owing to their conditioning they will duly fire into the Unarmed Citizenry for Running away ; therefore, I grew up to raise my kids to know better than to enlist with any bunch of Paid Gunmen.

So, tell me again, why you think the Kent State Victims died in vain…; their passing certainly made a difference to me.

And to how I raised my Kids, Firearm-Free.


Ciao !

31906772_1837517269882463_170823635479560192_nB 031111 months ago

If I were to remind you that for 4 days the protesters caused severe damage, threw bottles, lit fires and repeatedly assaulted police who were present simply to calm the situation, you would most likely respond with ‘that’s nothing compared to what they were protesting, the Vietnam War.’ In effect, you would be justifying violence in furtherance of your will. Such is war, such is life.

It’s not a good look to act morally superior when you can’t use basic deductive reasoning. You are not morally elevated.

Eric Thompson2 hours ago

you’re right, causing property damage absolutely warrants taking someone’s life. (/s)


(1970 06 00) Slim at Crater Lake (sitting) 62108991_353447288645822_7445126293500198912_nThank you to the resources – and lives – who made this essay possible.

Photo of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young in 1970: Thank you (By CMA-Creative Management Associates/Atlantic Records – eBay itemphoto frontphoto back, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=23454092)



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