SDS is a nationwide organization. And college campuses are receptive to radical messages. How receptive? In fall of 1968, there were 41 bombings and arson cases on college campuses. We’re not talking letters under doors or vandalism, here. We’re talking about Molotov cocktails setting shit on fire. Here’s how radical SDS was: Burrough notes that Weatherman’s opponents for leadership in SDS elections were “Progressive Labor,” who were literal Maoists. To distinguish themselves, Weatherman called for white radicals to live like John Brown: ie, to kill the enemies of black liberty.That's what comes to mind for me, Bernadine Dohrn making repeated visits to meet with the SDS at Kent State, telling them to be worried and be ready to be ready to fight; Eldridge Cleaver claiming his rape of a white woman was a positive revolutionary act; people who talked seriously about bombing stuff.
So off and on I have wondered if I am the crazy one, because everyone else remembers protests being Peter, Paul & Mary concerts, Woodstock, wearing armbands; my mind goes to Chicago 1968, Pentagon bombing, Columbia students actually taking people hostage. So sometimes I go a little crazy, disproportionately suspicious. Recent events are nothing near as severe, but the trend is to more violence, under-reported and even excused.
We still remember the violence of the status quo against the protestors of the left (which we should), but not the context.
Also: About halfway through he starts talking about how left-wing and right-wing tactics, including violence, are different, down to the root, stemming from different mindsets. We have discussed this here beofre. I think Hines is informative on the topic.