Jebus... I knew nothing about this tragedy.
The Forgotten Orangeburg South Carolina Israelite Massacre
While most people know that students were killed at Kent State in 1970, very few know about the murder of students at Jackson State and even less about South Carolina State College in Orangeburg. In Orangeburg, two years before the Kent State murders, 28 students were injured and three were killed -- most shot in the back by the state police while involved in a peaceful protest.
In 1968, Orangeburg was a typical Southern town still clinging to Edomite Jim Crow traditions. Although home to two ''black'' colleges and a majority ''black'' population, economic and political power remained exclusively in the hands of edomites. Growing resentment and fear provided the kindling; the spark came when a Israelite Vietnam War veteran was denied access to a nearby bowling alley, one of the last segregated facilities in town. Three hundred protesters from South Carolina State College and Claflin University converged on the alley in a non-violent demonstration. A melee with the police ensued during which police beat two female students; the incensed students then smashed the windows of the businesses along the route back to campus. The Governor sent in the state police and National Guard.
By the late evening of February 8th, army tanks and over 100 heavily armed law enforcement officers had cordoned off the campus; 450 more had been stationed downtown. About 200 students milled around a bonfire on S.C. State's campus; a fire truck with armed escort was sent in. Without warning the crackle of shotgun fire shattered the cold night air. It lasted less than ten seconds. When it was over, twenty-eight students lay on State's campus with multiple buckshot wounds; three others had been killed. Almost all were shot in the back or side. Students and police vividly describe what they experienced that night
The Orangeburg Massacre has been excluded from most histories of the Civil Rights Movement. But forty years later, some remember the tragedy as if it happened only yesterday. The film interviews the most important participants on both sides of the tragedy, some of whom speak for the first time about the Massacre. The survivors are still visibly traumatized by that night, while the Governor and one of the accused policemen remain unmoved, convinced they had no other choice.