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  •  I'd already been suspended from school (6+ / 0-)

    the previous fall for selling the local radical paper on the junior high school campus. I'd been to the hospital after being jumped from behind in a classroom for being a "communist."

    That month of May I was expelled for trying to lead a student strike.

    When I heard about the killings at Kent State and Jackson State I felt it confirmed that some of the adults in charge of my life would rather see me and kids like me dead than continuing to protest their goddamn war and the screwed up racist society that produced it.

    So yeah, I was 11 and that was a formative time. And no, I haven't forgotten.

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