- May 11, 2013
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Robert Kennedy's Speech on the death of Martin Luther King Jr.
"For those of you who are black - considering the evidence evidently is that there were white people who were responsible - you can be filled with bitterness, and with hatred, and a desire for revenge.
We can move in that direction as a country, in greater polarization - black people amongst blacks, and white amongst whites, filled with hatred toward one another. Or we can make an effort, as Martin Luther King did, to understand and to comprehend, and replace that violence, that stain of bloodshed that has spread across our land, with an effort to understand, compassion and love.
For those of you who are black and are tempted to be filled with hatred and mistrust of the injustice of such an act, against all white people, I would only say that I can also feel in my own heart the same kind of feeling. I had a member of my family killed, but he was killed by a white man.
But we have to make an effort in the United States, we have to make an effort to understand, to get beyond these rather difficult times.
My favorite poet was Aeschylus. He once wrote: "Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God."
What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence and lawlessness, but is love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or whether they be black."
The History Place - Great Speeches Collection: Robert F. Kennedy Speech - On the death of Martin Luther King
For those of you who have animus in your hearts and have been watching and listening to the politicians in Washington and the race mongers of the Progressive Left, I offer this to you as sage advice and to remember the healing eloquence from a man who also was assassinated.
The case of the death of Trayvon Martin who attacked an armed man is disheartening and tragic. causing mayhem and deaths of others in his name. Why is it that our President Barack Hussein Obama II could not and would not try to emulate a speech similar to one that was made over 45 years ago, rather than to stir more racial animus.