Justice

People Are Sharing These Words From Martin Luther King Jr.'s Eulogy

July 8th 2016

By:
Taylor Bell

In light of the killings of two black men in Louisiana and Minnesota, and the sniper attacks on police that left five officers dead in Dallas, people are sharing words from Robert F. Kennedy's eulogy about Martin Luther King Jr.

Following King's assassination in 1968, the former senator from New York delivered a message calling for unity in the country and an end to violence during a time when racial tensions and mistrust were at an all-time high.

Here is one excerpt people are sharing on social media.

His words ring true today as the nation grapples with racial injustice, violence, and the mistreatment of black people by police officers.

Earlier this week, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were senselessly gunned down by law enforcement officers. Sterling was shot multiple times while he was pinned to the ground outside of a convenience store in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Castile was shot by an officer during a traffic stop in Minneapolis. Both incidents were recorded and posted online where the videos generated national outrage.

Then, on Thursday, a sniper killed five Dallas police officers at a protest against police violence, which also rocked the nation.

Kennedy also acknowledged this country may continue to experience "difficult times," but that peace and unity is a common thread among all races.

"We can do well in the country. We will have difficult times. We've had difficult times in the past, but we — and we will have difficult times in the future. It is not the end of violence; it is not the end of lawlessness; it is not the end of disorder.

"But the vast majority of white people and the vast majority of black people in this country want to live together, want to improve the quality of our life, and want justice for all human beings that abide in our land."

You can listen to Kennedy's full speech here: