Today in NC State History: Anti-war protestors met by hecklers

December 1, 2013
By Bill Krueger

historyIconWhen the protests against the Vietnam War first hit the NC State campus, the hecklers may have outnumbered the protestors.

At least that’s what appears to have happened on this day in 1967, according to a front-page story in the Technician. The headline indicated it was the first draft protest to be held in Raleigh.

“The anti-draft movement has hit Raleigh in the form of a rally on the State campus Friday and the picketing of the South McDowell Street Induction Center yesterday,” read the story.

The story described how a representative from an anti-war group based in Durham and Chapel Hill known as “The Resistance” tried to “drum up support for the picketing” behind the student Union. The story said the group amounted to a “handful of sympathizers” that was “drowned out by the shouts of the loud but orderly audience.”

Additionally, the story said the protest was met by “catcalls and jeers from the crowd of about 450 students.” One student carried a sign that read, “Vietnam or no Vietnam, you owe this country six years.”

One student compared the protest leader to Hitler. “I pulled four years with Uncle,” the student said. “You people make me sick. When it comes your turn to go, you hide behind the laws.”

The protest leader countered that the draft discriminated against the poor and that it was wrong to draft someone before they were allowed to vote.

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