As 2020 has evolved into the most chaotic and divisive year I’ve ever seen, I have often seen it compared to 1968, the year I was born. In fact, I was born just over a week after Robert F. Kennedy was shot and killed in Los Angeles. Only two months before, he had delivered the news of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination to a group of African Americans in Indianapolis, and pleaded for peace with them in an oration that everyone should listen to today. A portion of the speech appears below:
“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.”
May these wise words be read and internalized by all of us on the anniversary of his death. Robert Kennedy wanted us all to say a prayer for this country in 1968. And today, another Robert is asking for the same thing. May Kennedy’s vision of love and compassion carry us through these most difficult of times.