Today I was listening to a podcast that talked about great speeches of the past. I was led to listen to Robert Kennedy’s words following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
Though the speech was given 45 years ago and in response to events quite dissimilar from those of today, I thought much of the speech was still applicable to today when there are those who believe our country is no longer great or feel the need to “take our country back.”
Politicians on both sides of the aisle have seen fit to divide us to push their own agendas. There was no greater division in this country in recent memory than the 1960s.
Here is a portion of what RFK said that night:
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 (or immigrant or Muslim – AT).