The Kent State protesters demanded government accountability; the government responded not with answers but with violence.
At a time when the current administration resists similar calls for accountability, and its supporters enable that defiance, Kent State reminds us of the tragic consequences when such arrogance and egotism go too far. It can happen here.
Our First Amendment rights exist to encourage debate and discussion and accountability. The use of violence to suppress those rights—whether it be gunfire or salvos against facts themselves—only proves the injustice of the suppressors.
Chris Mackowski is a professor in the Jandoli School of Communication at St. Bonaventure Univetrsity.