View Full Version : Impressions of RFK on MLK's death

01-19-2010, 12:01 PM
There was a program on local PBS station last night recounting the day of MLK's death. I wondered if anyone else saw it?

Robert Kennedy was in campaign mode and making several stops in Indiana. That evening, a crowd had gathered to hear him speak in a black neighborhood, most of them unaware of the assassination that had already taken place. RFK spoke off the cuff to announce the killing in what I thought was a very impressive speech. He spoke in public for the first time abotu the death of his brother, at one point quoting a Greek Poet to calm the crowd and discourage violence.

The interviewees on the program (RFK staffers, speachwriters, etc) said that RFK was the most devout Catholic of the Kennedys, but that following the assassination of JFK, he had a crisis of faith and searched elsewhere for meaning and comfort from the tragedy. He found it in the Greeks. In short, the message that resonated with him was that like what befell the House of Agamemnon, arrogance and greed begets retribution and tragedy. He felt that for too long the Kennedy's had taken for granted their elite status and power, and in turn he humbled himself.

A lot of folks say today that the Kennedy's of yesteryear were more conservative than democrats nowadays. Being a young person, I don't have the perspective of time to look back that far. I would like to ask what others' perspectives were of JFK and RFK.

01-19-2010, 11:44 PM

Both Kennedy brothers were very liberal, what today might be (incorrectly) labeled socialist.