I’ve heard this speech by Robert F. Kennedy played on public radio twice in as many months. Maybe it’s a coincidence, or it’s tied in to this book promotion, or maybe it’s coming up is because of its clear relevance to the state of our nation today. Whatever the reason both times it gave me goosebumps – that audible gasp of the audience, the raw pain of losing someone, the empathy, the call for peace and not violence. I can’t think of another speech I’ve had the desire to print out and pin to my wall as I try to make sense of what’s going on in the U.S. today:
For those of you who are black and are tempted to fill with — 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.
And continues with:
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.