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AKRON U. PROFESSOR CAR FIGHTS FIRING
|A very important battle continues to be
fought in the courts and on campus at Akron University by Professor Jerry Carr, a Marxist
In 1976 Carr was informed that he would not be rehired (or
granted tenure) after the 1977-78 school year due to "an inadequate publications
record", although several KSU sociology professors and the Akron University chapter
of the AAUP had testified to the fact that Carr's publications and research were of
excellent quality. If his academic record is excellent, then why the firing?
This can be best explained by citing a letter that the tenured sociology
professors at Akron U. sent Carr in 1975. In the letter, the professors accuse Carr of
"teaching from a limited perspective and not being
obviously this letter was a thinly veiled attack on Carr's Marxist
perspective of sociology and his involvement in political struggles. (Recently
Carr was active in the KSU gym struggle and in fighting the Akron abortion ordinance.)
Carr asserts that the sociology department and the university have acted in
violation of both his academic and constitutional rights. In an attempt to be reinstated
and granted tenure, Carr has filed a lawsuit in Akron District Court against the
The University's phony allegations are further exposed by the questions they are
demanding Carr answer by affidavit in that court case. These include questions like:
"What is your personal political philosophy and ideology?", and "Would
||you consider yourself a Marxist?"
Obviously, Akron U. and its sociology department are involved in a vigorous attack on
Marxist faculty members and Marxism in general.
Dr. Carr's case is clear.
But he needs our support to force the courts and Akron University to reinstate him.
Recently, Akron students successfully petitioned to have the issue of Carr's firing placed
on the general election ballot May 2. Kent students and others can help by sending
donations for legal defense to the
"Keep Carr Committee"
c/o Elliot Podwell, English Department
For more information on local support efforts contact Bob Hart at 678-1775 or
Box #52, student life office, KSU.
KENT STATE POLITICAL HISTORY (from page 1)
|approximately 3000 KSU students gathered
on the Commons surrounding the victory bell, the traditional rallying site on our campus.
Determined KSU students gathered to protest the invasion of Cambodia and also to protest
the invasion our our campus by the brutal Ohio National Guard.
sunny spring afternoon, some guardsmen had murder on their minds. Before the guardsmen
attacked the students, General Canterbury said, "we're going to teach these students
what law and order is all about!"
When the peaceful student rally began with a few anti-war slogans, the nearly
100 guardsmen began to march across the Commons toward the peaceful gathering. Martial law
had not been declared. The rally was perfectly legal and peaceful. Still, the guard
charged toward the students under the noonday sun.
The guardsmen fired a great deal of tear gas while marching with rifles and
bayonets toward the students. The gathering of unarmed students ran away, over Taylor Hill
and down the hill to the Prentice Hall parking lot.
The guardsmen followed over the hill and marched to an athletic practice field,
at the bottom of the hill, adjacent to the parking lot.
The peaceful crowd of students, provoked by the guardsmen's attack, responded by
throwing a few stones from a great distance that fell far short of the guardsmen. Some
guardsmen also threw stones at the students. Other guardsmen, members of "Troop
G" menacingly aimed their rifles toward the students in the parking lot area. and
toward a few flag-waving students.
Then the guardsmen began to march
||back up the hill, seemingly
retreating to their original position on the Commons.
As they marched
back up the hill. nearly 100 guardsmen across a line formation, members of
"Troop G", were looking over their shoulders toward the distant parking lot
where they ultimately aimed and fired their weapons. While the guardsmen marched back up
the hill, the students generally remained in the distant parking lot. A very few students
followed the guard's retreat, at a significant distance. Suddenly, when the line of nearly
100 guardsmen reached the top of the hill, only members of "Troop G"
simultaneously turned, raised their weapons and fired into the distant crowd of unarmed
students. It looked like a firing squad.
Eyewitness testimony of guardsmen and students proved that there was an order to
fire when the shooting began. This simultaneous action, taken by the dozen members of
"Troop G", was the result of a conspiracy among these guardsmen and their
commanding officers. It was no accident. It was murder.
During the thirteen seconds of gunfire, nearly 100 bullets were fired into a
crowd of unarmed students. Testimony and investigation proved that there was no sniper and
no rock-throwing at the time of the shootings. The guardsmen's lives were not were not in
danger. These killers did not panic; they carried out a coldly calculated maneuver which
was intentional and devastating.
Four students were murdered in the faraway parking lot, at distances of 300 to
500 feet from the guardsmen who fired from the top of the hill. Nine other students were
wounded at distances of 60 to 700 feet away from the triggermen. Powerful bullets even
ripped through the steel bodies of automobiles in the parking lot. So you can imagine the
severe injuries suffered by the thirteen young KSU students who desperately sought to
escape this rain of deadly bullets.
||Allison Krause, Jeff Miller, Sandy
Scheueur and Bill Schroeder were murdered on our campus. All four were either nineteen of
twenty years old. They did nothing to deserve the execution they received on that sunny
In May of 1970, the courageous and heroic students of
Kent State University, with live and blood, wrote a magnificent chapter in the history of
the American student movement. It was an honorable cause which prompted the Kent
students to take actions on their own--they were protesting the criminal invasion of their
campus by the Ohio National Guard, and the no less criminal invasion of Cambodia. In
retrospect, the students at Kent State in May of 1970 deserve our respect and admiration.
Only the bullets fired by a small band of cowards could temporarily halt the
justifiable rebellion of Kent students. Since 1970, a pervasive cover-up of the truth
about the Kent State Massacre has been implemented by the government, the courts, the news
media and now the university. While some would have us believe that our fallen brothers
and sisters were simply the victims of a "tragedy", but thousands upon thousands
of us at Kent State and elsewhere understand that it was murder and that it was
intentional. Neither time nor the cover-up can conceal the truth from the eyes of those
who care to see.
The actions of Governor Rhodes, the triggermen and their commanding officers of
the Ohio National Guard in 1970 deserve our strongest condemnation. We'll never forgive
and we'll never forget!
and the May 4
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