Military madness

4/5/10; Matthew Clayfield; The Australian, No Internet Text; (2 Items)

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the infamous Kent State shootings in May1970 (photograph above by John Filo), when the US National Guard opened fire on unarmed students at Ohio’s Kent State University during an anti-Vietnam War protest. Four students were killed in the shooting and nine were wounded. To mark the anniversary of the tragedy — still known by some as the May 4 massacre — the University of Sydney’s University Art Gallery is presenting Kent State: Four Decades Later, a provocative exhibition opening next Thursday. The exhibition, curated by Ann Stephen and Luke Parker, features works from that time, including British pop artist Richard Hamilton’s 1970 screen print Kent State, as well as new works by artists from different generations. “The new work reveals how these contemporary artists are engaging new media and new audiences to reflect upon an art of social commitment, just as Hamilton’s historic work did for his generation,” Parker says.

We Kill Our Own – The 40th Anniversary of the Kent State Massacre
Chuck Palazzo; 2/5/10;
On May 4, 1970, at Kent State University, in the city of Kent, Ohio, members of the Ohio National Guard fired 67 rounds over a period of 13 seconds, killing four students and wounding nine others, one of whom suffered permanent paralysis. These were unarmed college students who were exercising their constitutional rights to speak their mind, to demonstrate peacefully, and to protest openly against the then recent incursion by US combat forces into Cambodia.Richard Nixon had been elected President in 1968. He promised to end the Vietnam War. Instead of doing so, he was part of the cover-up of the My Lai massacre and freed Lt. Calley, stating that Calley had “served enough time.” The premeditated murder of over 500 unarmed civilians, many of whom were elderly, women and children was hushed up by our government – the murderer himself freed after serving only 1 day at the Ft. Leavenworth prison and transferred to serve house arrest upon orders given by Nixon.

See: Special graduations set 40 years after Kent State. Dan Sewell; 4/4/10;