Post #11

After the Kent State shootings, it was obvious the country had had enough of the Vietnam War efforts. There were many consequences to the Kent State shootings. Over one hundred schools closed on strike for the remainder of the school week after the incident, and over 900 schools closed before the end of May in 1970. By this time, over 175,000 faculty members joined the anti-war protests. On May 8th, ten days after Nixon announced the Cambodian invasion and four days after the Kent State shootings, 100,000 protesters gathered in Washington and another 150,000 in San Francisco. Thirty ROTC (The Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) buildings went up in flames or were bombed. There were violent clashes between students and police at 26 schools and National Guard units were assembled on 21 campuses in 16 states. And on May 9th 1970, president Nixon made an unexpected visit to the Lincoln Memorial and had an (what was described as) an odd encounter with young students from around the country, who were protesting. When the discussion turned to Vietnam, Nixon says he told the students, “I hope that (your) hatred of the war, which I could well understand, would not turn into a bitter hatred of our whole system, our country and everything that it stood for. I said that I know probably most of you think I’m an SOB. But I want you to know that I understand just how you feel.” (http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2011/11/i-am-not-a-kook-richard-nixons-bizarre-visit-to-the-lincoln-memorial/248443/) Soon the small group turned into an unsatisfied crowd and Nixon left soon in a limousine, which left the crowd angry and confused.

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