Jane Fonda — The Chestnut Burr

The 1973 Chestnut Burr

Jane Fonda during an appearance on the Commons on the Kent State campus Oct. 24, 1972. Fonda said “We are programmed to hate the people of North Vietnam. We are taught to think of them as the enemy rather than as human beings. Because if you think of them as human beings it’s a little bit harder to hate them and it’s a little bit harder for us to kill them… The North Vietnamese can make the distinction between the American people and their government. While we drop bombs on them they study our history to try and gain a greater understanding of our way of life. When I asked them why they don’t hate us they replied, ‘If our people ever learn to hate, we are lost.’”