ROBERT F KENNEDY:Remarks on the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

April 4, 2008
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Robert F. Kennedy

Remarks on the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.



“Ladies and Gentlemen…Martin Luther King was shot and was killed tonight in Memphis, Tennessee”



delivered 4 April 1968, Indianapolis, IN

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Ladies and Gentlemen,

I’m only going to talk to you just for a minute or so this evening, because I have some — some very sad news for all of you — Could you lower those signs, please? — I have some very sad news for all of you, and, I think, sad news for all of our fellow citizens, and people who love peace all over the world; and that is that Martin Luther King was shot and was killed tonight in Memphis, Tennessee.

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.

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.

But we have to make an effort in the United States. We have to make an effort to understand, to get beyond, or go beyond these rather difficult times.

My favorite poem, my — my favorite poet was Aeschylus. And 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.

So I ask you tonight to return home, to say a prayer for the family of Martin Luther King — yeah, it’s true — but more importantly to say a prayer for our own country, which all of us love — a prayer for understanding and that compassion of which I spoke.

We can do well in this country. We will have difficult times. We’ve had difficult times in the past, but we — and we will have difficult times in the future. It is not the end of violence; it is not the end of lawlessness; and it’s not the end of disorder.

But the vast majority of white people and the vast majority of black people in this country want to live together, want to improve the quality of our life, and want justice for all human beings that abide in our land.

And let’s dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world. Let us dedicate ourselves to that, and say a prayer for our country and for our people.

Thank you very much.

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Obama’s Money Cartel:How he’s fronted for the most vicious firms on Wall Street

March 16, 2008
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In viewing the “race” for president this year I have been astounded by the lack of depth in the coverage given by our so called free press, the “main stream Media”.Reading for content in the local rag, the Dayton Dumb News, is a five minute blitz, leaving the reader to wonder, “where’s the Beef”?

As an equal opportunity Presidential race cynic my focus has been on countering the mythology of “free and open elections” by looking for and posting and reposting articles that define the CLASS nature of the “selection” process.
To think that we are choosing from anyone outside the ruling cabal in Washington, regardless of the smoke and mirrors and the hifalutin rhetoric, is to ignore the underlying forces that actually shape and direct the “process of democracy” in the US of A.

By Pam Martens

Source: CounterPunch

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Wall Street, known variously as a barren wasteland for diver­sity or the last plantation in America, has defied courts and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for decades in its failure to hire blacks as stockbrokers. Now it’s marshal­ling its money machine to elect a black man to the highest office in the land. Why isn’t the press curious about this?

Walk into any of the largest Wall Street brokerage firms today and you’ll see a self-portrait of upper management rac­ism and sexism: women sitting at secre­tarial desks outside fancy offices occupied by predominantly white males. According to the EEOC as well as the recent racial discrimination class actions filed against UBS and Merrill Lynch, blacks make up between 1 per cent to 3.5 per cent of stockbrokers – and this after 30 years of litigation, settlements and empty prom­ises to do better by the largest Wall Street firms.
The first clue to an entrenched white male bastion seeking a black male occupant in the oval office (having placed only five blacks in the U.S. Senate in the last two centuries) appeared this month on a chart at the Center for Responsive Politics website. It was a list of the 20 top con­tributors to the Barack Obama campaign, and it looked like one of those compre­hension tests where you match up things that go together and eliminate those that don’t. Of the 20 top contributors, I elimi­nated six that didn’t compute. I was now looking at a sight only slightly less fright­ening to democracy than a Diebold vot­ing machine. It was a Wall Street cartel of financial firms, their registered lobbyists, ! and go-to law firms that have a death grip on our federal government.

Why is the “yes, we can” candidate in bed with this cartel? How can we, the people, make change if Obama’s money backers block our ability to be heard? (more…)

Mitt Romney’s Words on the MLK Holiday/Dr. Jerrie L. Bascome McGill

January 26, 2008
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I received this in an email today and was struck by the character insight Dr McGGill provides into Republican Presidential candidate Willard “Mitt” Romney.



Her essay:

Teach kids they ought to get married before they have babies!”

These were the words spoken by Republican candidate for President, Mitt Romney, after he had posed smilingly with a group of African American children and was asked to make a comment. To publicly speak his thoughts in this way on any day gives all of us a clear indicator of his skewed beliefs about a people. But to publicly pronounce his belief that promiscuity is factual within African American youth on the day the nation paused to honor a world renown African American visionary is absolutely egregious. (more…)

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