FROM: HOLLY WRIGHT ST. MICHAELS
Last week’s violence — the killings of five police officers in Texas, and before that the killings of two black civilians in Louisiana and Minnesota, and the videos viewed by millions — brought to mind the 1970 killings of students at Kent State University and the Pulitzer prize-winning photograph of a 14-year-old girl and her agonized face as she knelt over one of the dead.
These events at Kent State were called by some as the day the Vietnam War came home to America. There was a turning point in the public con- sciousness and political leadership that was the beginning of a long process of national reconciliation. The event and the iconic picture captured the sense of the national tragedy this war had become, for our young men who were fighting and dying there, for four students that felt passionately about the need to end the war and never came home, and for law enforcement who were serving on another kind of front line.
Perhaps the events and videos of last week could lead to such a shock to our system and a turning point in the public consciousness and political leadership. Hopefully, we can look back on this time as a new beginning and the day the fact of “liberty and justice for some” came home, however painfully, to America.