The Mindless Menace of Violence

On April 5th, 1968, Senator Robert F. Kennedy delivered this speech to the City Club of Cleveland, Ohio. While the speech may be fifty years old, it is as relevant as ever and worth a listen.

To wit:

“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.”


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