Color In A Black And White Fireplace of Mindless Menace
Oration: by Robert F. Kennedy, made at the Cleveland City Club, April 5, 1968.
Music: From 'Black and White Music' By DumbBaby 啞寶貝
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This speech, now known as 'On the Mindless Menace of Violence' was made by Robert. F. Kennedy to a group of African American Community leaders in Cleveland on the day after Martin Luther Kings' assassination. Two months later Bobby Kennedy was himself assassinated.
'Too often we honor swagger and bluster and the wielders of force; too often we excuse those who are willing to build their own lives on the shattered dreams of others. Some Americans who preach nonviolence abroad fail to practice it here at home. Some who accuse others of inciting riots have by their own conduct invited them.
Some looks for scapegoats, others look for conspiracies, but this much is clear; violence breeds violence, repression brings retaliation, and only a cleaning of our whole society can remove this sickness from our soul.
For there is another kind of violence, slower but just as deadly, destructive as the shot or the bomb in the night. This is the violence of institutions; indifference and inaction and slow decay. This is the violence that afflicts the poor, that poisons relations between men because their skin has different colors. This is a slow destruction of a child by hunger, and schools without books and homes without heat in the winter.
This is the breaking of a man's spirit by denying him the chance to stand as a father and as a man among other men.'