To Ron Charles of The Washington Post

Mr. Charles:

In the March 9, 2009 edition of The Washington Post, “On Campus, Vampires Are Besting the Beats,” you wrote:

Nicholas DiSabatino, a senior English major at Kent State, is co-editor of the university’s literary magazine, Luna Negra. As a campus tour guide, he used to point out where the National Guard shot students during the May 1970 riot. But the only activism he can recall lately involved anti-abortion protesters and some old men passing out Gideon Bibles. “People think we’re really liberal,” he says, “but we’re really very moderate.” Submissions to the lit mag so far this year are mostly poetry and some memoirs about parents. “The one book that I know everyone has read,” he says, “is ‘I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell.’ ” So, no uprising unless the bars close early.

This paragraph is guaranteed to make any member or alum of the campus’ May 4 Task Force or anyone else who knows a damned thing about the event blow milk out his nose.

Among the events of that tragic week was the decision by Kent Mayor Leroy Satrom on May 1 to declare a state of emergency, to call Governor James Rhodes’ office for help, and to order all of the bars in town closed following confrontations downtown between protesters and police. Those who have studied these events have roundly concluded that closing the bars early was a contributing factor, increasing the size of the angry mobs in the streets of Kent that night.

So, I can’t tell here if you’re being ironic, or if you’re just not versed up.

Just curious!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Anti-Spam Quiz: