Jeremy Sherer, a lawyer from Birmingham, wrote an op-ed piece that appeared in the Montgomery Advertiser recently that is well worth reading. It appeared in the June 5th edition and dealt with the year 1968 and the legacy of Robert Kennedy. As we all know, Bobby Kennedy would most likely have been elected President that year had he not been tragically killed. That year was one filled with turmoil and strife. As Jeremy put it, “our nation and its people were in the midst of a crisis of conscience. Conflict raged between seemingly every part of our society. The conflict put whites against non-whites; young against old; the economically privileged versus those who were seemingly locked out of the ‘American Dream.’”
Bobby Kennedy never had the opportunity to lead this nation as its President, but he did have an impact on those who followed him. There is a bit of irony in the fact that 40 years after Bobby Kennedy was tragically killed, an African-American may well be elected president of the United States of America, a prediction made by the New York Senator shortly before his death. I suggest you read Jeremy’s piece in its entirety. It will help you understand where we are as a nation and where we need to go.
There was a quotation included by Jeremy in his piece, made years before 1968 by an American president, which is well worth reading. I am setting it out below:
We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”
First inaugural address,
March 4, 1861
It would be most fitting if the American people could finally put aside any prejudices left over from years past and fulfill Bobby Kennedy’s prediction made 40 years ago. To elect a black man to the highest office in the land, would be a fitting tribute to Bobby Kennedy, a man whose destiny was never fulfilled. I have a feeling that the time has come for that to happen!
Source: Montgomery Advertiser
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