Sunday, February 5, 2017

Another Kent State

In the US of A, a Republican Party official in Michigan issued what amounts to a death threat against college protesters. He called for “another Kent State” in the wake of demonstrations that flared up at the University of California, Berkeley in California.
In 1970, members of the Ohio National Guard fired on unarmed Kent State University students protesting their country’s military incursion into Cambodia. Guardsmen murdered four students and wounded nine, including one who was paralyzed for life.
Courtesy of 1970 Valley News Dispatch, USA at webpage
Dan Adamini, former chair and current secretary of the Marquette County Republican Party, indicated that “only one death” might be sufficient to end student protests this time around. 
This was highlighted in his Facebook posting on Thursday and which he added: “They do it because they know there are no consequences yet”.
Adamini made the comments after violent dissent erupted Wednesday night on the Berkeley campus over a scheduled speech by ultra-conservative provocateur and white nationalist Milo Yiannopoulos.
The Berkeley College Republicans had invited the Breitbart editor, who’s been permanently banned from Twitter for harassment, to address an audience of 500.
About 1,500 people rallied, with some toppling light poles, starting fires and lobbing objects before the speech was canceled.
Though defending Yiannopoulos’ right to speak, Berkeley’s chancellor, Nicholas Dirks had in a statement called him a “troll and provocateur who uses odious behavior in part to ‘entertain,’ but also to deflect any serious engagement with ideas”.
Other Republicans, including President Donald Trump, had characterized the protests as a blow to freedom of speech. Trump even hinted at cutting off Berkeley’s federal funding.
Anyway, Adamini did remove the offensive post but he claimed he did it because of “hateful” comments he had received.
I know the Republicans can be really repugnant – but to issue a death threat against their fellow Americans?
Yesterday, Hull City whipped Liverpool 2-0 in an EPL match where the Reds had 72% possession. What is there to say? 

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