A Speech by Robert Kennedy

A secret writer from a pragmatic blue-collar neighborhood, Marie White Small brings her skills as a florist, waitress, antiquarian bookseller, bookbinder, cook, and pie-baker to the page.



In these times, when Donald Trump seems to be working overtime to roll back environment protections, regulations regarding safe food and water, and legislation that shutterstock_286597541favors a draconian rollback on healthcare for all Americans, it is worth noting his appearance before the NRA, as well. Trump’s administration criticizes the lack of law and order in New York, where his attorney general presented statistics at best upside down, but more accurately, pure falsehoods. Trump rails against Chicago without recognizing that the proliferation of unregulated gun ownership substantially adds to the gun violence in that city, and yet he is willing to add more guns to the mix by shamelessly supporting the NRA.

Of course none of this is new—we only think it is. During these times, re-reading the remarks by the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy presented to the Cleveland City Club on April 5, 1968 proves we have faced similar times and have prevailed . . .

shutterstock_11265430“This is a time of shame and sorrow. It is not a day for politics. I have saved this one opportunity to speak briefly to you about this mindless menace of violence in America which again stains our land and every one of our lives.

“It is not the concern of any one race. The victims of the violence are black and white, rich and poor, young and old, famous and unknown. They are, most important of all, human beings whom other human beings loved and needed. No one—no matter where he lives or what he does—can be certain who will suffer from some senseless act of bloodshed. And yet it goes on and on.

“Why? What has violence ever accomplished? What has it ever created? No martyr’s cause has ever been stilled by his assassin’s bullet.

“No wrongs have ever