Friday, April 4, 2008

over at 17th and Broadway....


....40 years ago tonight, Robert Kennedy broke the horrible news of the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. to a crowd gathered to see Kennedy on his presidential campaign stop in Indiana. His speech that April evening is rightfully credited with preventing any similar unrest like occurred in some major cities across the country that tragic day.
An excerpt:
..."Martin Luther King dedicated his life to love and to justice between fellow human beings. He died in the cause of that effort. In this difficult day, in this difficult time for the United States, it's perhaps well to ask what kind of a nation we are and what direction we want to move in.

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. "...

1 Comments:

Blogger Blog Princess said...

What wise words. I'm glad I live WHERE and WHEN I do as it's a good, safe, fair spot for the most part. I veer dramatically (even when not too vertiginous) between optimism for the human race and despair. Sigh.

4/05/2008 7:44 AM  

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