Jackson-Kent Blues

Steve Miller Band
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Sempre da "Mumber 5" del 1970, una canzone dedicata al massacro alla Kent University, Ohio, USA. Il 4 maggio 1970 la Guardia Nazionale sparò sugli studenti che manifestavano contro l'invasione della Cambogia annunciata dal Presidente Nixon. Ci furono 4 morti e una decina di feriti.

Il successivo 15 maggio, Phillip Lafayette Gibbs e James Earl Green, due studenti afro-americani della Jackson State University di Jackson, Mississipi, furono uccisi dal fuoco della polizia che sparò sulla folla che manifestava contro l'aggressione statunitense in VietNam e Cambogia.

Si veda anche Ohio.
I was down in Nashville just payin' my dues
Headed for Ohio when I read the news
'Bout the people demonstrating 'gainst the President's views
Four were shot down by the National Guard troops
Just like Uncle Sam I put on my fighting shoes
School shot down cause there's no more to lose
Now we're headed to D.C. two by twos
Cause those low down, profound, killin' four blues

Lookin' for my Congressman to make it well known
But the politicians already won't answer his telephone
Making in his office while they're shooting kids down at home
Worried about the voters but he won't be worried long

Silent majority still glued to the tube
Say CIA ain't lookin', FBI come unglued
Shot some more in Jackson just to show the world what they can do
While we're marching to D.C. cause there's too much to do

Give peace a chance
Give peace a chance
There's no turnin' back my friend
There's no turnin' back

When the President said that the tear gas is gone
The army's pulled out leavin' blood on the ground
The streets are empty and the crying's died down
You can be President if no one's around
Just like Kow Kow, you've heard it before
Get back gangster, don't you open that door
Space Cowboy's back to tell you the score
Nothing any good is gonna come from a war
Got those low down, profound, killin' four blues

Give peace a chance
Give peace a chance
Give peace a chance

Contributed by Alessandro - 2007/7/2 - 23:53

Per il massacro alla Kent University furono mandati sotto processo alcuni soldati della Guardia Nazionale dell'Ohio, ma già nel 1974 furono tutti prosciolti.
Nel maggio 2007, Alan Canfora, uno degli studenti feriti quel 4 maggio 1970, ha chiesto la riapertura del processo perchè è riuscito a ritrovare una registrazione audio del momento in cui i soldati cominciano a sparare sui manifestanti... vi si sente distintamente l'ordine di aprire il fuoco: "RIGHT HERE, GET SET, POINT, FIRE!". Non si trattò quindi di alcuni singoli episodi di "autodifesa" da parte dei militari, ma di un ordine criminale preciso pervenuto da chi aveva la responsabilità delle truppe.

Dal sito di Alan Canfora:
“RIGHT HERE, GET SET, POINT, FIRE!” – exact words of the recently-discovered Ohio National Guard verbal command to shoot unarmed Kent State students on May 4, 1970. Seconds before the massacre, which ONG officer shouted this order? General Robert Canterbury? Lieutenant Colonel Charles Fassinger? Major Harry Jones?

Alessandro - 2007/7/3 - 11:55

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