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Friday, November 20, 2015

To Tame the Savageness of Man

My fellow Americans, my fellow citizens of the world, 
I ask you to consider the words of this man - a crusader for civil rights, social justice and peace. 
A man killed for his convictions, shot down for his ideals. A man who worked for the common people, and I ask you - the people of this planet, to consider taking the dangerous action of standing together for that which he was killed for. #SocialJustice #Freedom #Liberty 


SOURCE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoKzCff8Zbs

THE FOLLOWING IS FROM AN NPR ARTICLE (April 4, 2008)
Kennedy spoke of King's dedication to "love and to justice between fellow human beings," adding that "he died in the cause of that effort."
And Kennedy sought to heal the racial wounds that were certain to follow by referring to the death of his own brother, President John F. Kennedy.
"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," he said. "I had a member of my family killed, but he was killed by a white man."
Many other American cities burned after King was killed. But there was no fire in Indianapolis, which heard the words of Robert Kennedy.
A historian says a well-organized black community kept its calm. It's hard to overlook the image of one single man, standing on a flatbed truck, who never looked down at the paper in his hand — only at the faces in the crowd.
"My favorite poem, my — my favorite poet was Aeschylus," Robert Kennedy said, "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."
Two months later, Robert Kennedy himself was felled by an assassin's bullet. (NPR, 2008)
I would add only to Kennedy's words that we need compassion toward one another, whether Christian, Jew, Muslim, Atheist or other religion... NOW IS THE TIME, WE MUST NOT DELAY. Crusading for social justice is a dangerous business (just ask JFK, RFK or MLK - oh, that's right, we can't because they were murdered for doing it), but fight we must. JUSTICE and FREEDOM, these are things worth standing for - together. We must not look towards governments, we must look towards the people, we must unite as people to, as Kennedy so eloquently stated "tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world" (Kennedy, 1968)
My prayers are with you my brothers and sisters, please remember you are not forgotten, you are not alone.
-JLR Grace

References
NPR. (2008, April 4). Robert Kennedy: Delivering News of King's Death : NPR. Retrieved from http://www.npr.org/2008/04/04/89365887/robert-kennedy-delivering-news-of-kings-death