RIP: Robert F. Kennedy

Bobby Kennedy died 50 years ago, on June 6, 1968, after being shot the day before by an assassin. I think the opinion piece by Jason Clare The world Bobby Kennedy hoped for isn't here yet – we need to try harder from the Guardian is worth a read. 

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Kennedy delivered his Mindless Menace of Violence speech, in Cleveland the day after Martin Luther King was assassinated. Sadly, it remains relevant. His remarks are perhaps best remembered for the passage beginning: "When you teach a man to hate and fear his brother ... ."

I listened to the speech today and was struck by another passage about our "bond of common fate" and the need to "work a little harder" to be a community. He said: 

But we can perhaps remember -- if only for a time -- that those who live with us are our brothers, that they share with us the same short movement of life, that they seek -- as do we -- nothing but the chance to live out their lives in purpose and in happiness, winning what satisfaction and fulfillment that they can.

Surely this bond of common fate, surely this bond of common goals can begin to teach us something. Surely we can learn, at least, to look around at those of us, of our fellow man, and surely we can begin to work a little harder to bind up the wounds among us and to become in our hearts brothers and countrymen once again.

The transcript of the speech is here with a short video clip.  The audio of 10 minute speech is here

Source: USA Today; Dick Strobel, AP


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