40 Years Ago Today

Robert F. Kennedy: Do they know about Martin Luther King?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaMnkf0EueY

“We have to make an effort in the United States”…

NPR has more: Robert Kennedy: Delivering News of King’s Death. And read Hillary Clinton’s Remarks on the 40th Anniversary of Dr. King’s Death in Memphis, Tennessee.

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  2. Fourty years ago today I received the horrible news of Martin Luther King’s assassination while serving with the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam. Our morale was already extremely low following the Tet offensive in Jan. of that year. It was to sink even lower with the assassination of Bobby Kennedy in June. Just think how the course of history may have been changed if three men of conviction, John Kennedy, Martin Luther King, and Robert Kennedy had lived. As the song “Abraham. Martin, and John goes, “it seems the good-they always die young.” Of course, Vietnam like Iraq was a conflict we fought based on lies. The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution was based on an alleged attack on our navy–which never occured. We lost 58,000 in Vietnam, who unfortunately all died in vain. So far 4,000 have been sacrificed in Iraq. Although both conflicts were based on political fabrication, impeachment proceedings never have resulted. Obviously the lessons of history taught us nothing. It’s funny how bitter memories rush back on an anniversary date like this. Blacks have come a long way, but MLK’s dream still has not been fully realized. As an example, you need look no further than our inner city schools to see the great divide.
    As an out gay American, I can relate to the prejudice and injustice which was historically the lot of our black community. Bill Clinton’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy is a joke. Our Supreme Court ruled that the, “Seperate But Equal Doctrine” was inheriently unequal. In a lke manner, the militaries “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy is one of exclusion. Since small minds think in small ways, I have little hope that Gay Americans will ever be accorded their basic human rights in my lifetime. An inside military saying among gays is, “They gave me medals and ribbons for killing enemy combatants but a dishonrable discharge for loving one of ours.” It’s almost as if we are honoring hate above love. Some things never change. Although a Barack Obama supporter, I am very fearful that he will be a prime target for assassination should he become President. Well, let me end this rant. This 40th anniversary of MLK’s heartless assassination just flooded my mind with all of these not too happy memories. Buzz