Bobby Kennedy, was very skilled, had the ability to take a step back, climb to his hillock and from there learn from experience and choose the best of options. At a sensitive time for the political landscape in our country, I think it is important share some fragments of the life of Bobby Kennedy Robert Kennedy, of which 50 years of his murder were fulfilled.
How Bobby Kennedy would fit in modern times
In this reflection the obligatory question is about how to frame a profile like Bobby Kennedy in an area as politically bland as the current one.
Given that a leader like Bobby Kennedy, who unfortunately we lost 50 years ago, is precisely the kind of leader we need today. His father called him ‘dwarf’. His enemies ‘ruthless’ and his brother ‘Black Robert’.
Why the affirmation that is the kind of leader we need today? To start because he was a democrat in every sense of the word. Jack Newfield, columnist for the New York Times, said:
“He was as empathetic with white workers as with blacks, Latinos and Native Americans. Think alike of the police, waitresses, construction workers and firefighters. Referring to all of them as ‘their people’ ».
In fact, he was the only Senate Liberal who was seen regularly greeting the Washington police officers on duty. And it is that his moral ‘compass’ was clearer than that of his brother John.
When they murdered JFK, Bobby did not ‘disappear’, exploited his fame and his name to shed light on the darkest parts of the country: poverty and prejudice; those individuals who died of hunger in the richest country in the world; the critical situation of immigrant farmers.
Bobby Kennedy refused to favor the ethnic divisions of the United States. I wanted to unite all people. And he did not flinch: he had the strength and courage to drive a car for Gary, a city divided by issues in Indiana, transporting in the car the boxer Tony Zale and the mayor of the city, the African-American, Richard Hatcher; and I can not fail to mention his spectacular speech in Indianapolis the day Luther King died. In the meantime the fires ravaged the American cities, Indianapolis fell silent in its madness.
Performing those unusual things in a leader of that mood made him grow as foam. Being faithful to his principles and ideals, made him better and better. The day he was murdered, hours before, he told a journalist:
“I have an association with those who are less well off, where perhaps we can achieve something, unite the country. If the division continues, the only thing we will have will be chaos. ‘
But for the misfortune of this country he could not see it. His career was mutilated at 42 years old. He could not continue serving his country with honor and distinction. And I’m sure he would, because he kept improving himself. He was a leader who learned every time from his mistakes.
As his nexus with Senator Joseph McCarthy, which ended in break months after it started, exhorting him that his reckless and abusive behavior as a ‘communist hunter’ would take its toll. And it was so that in a few months later Kennedy was coping with McCarthy. In the investigation committee, as a Democratic lawyer, he drafted the resolution that led him to censor and block him.
Bobby Kennedy’s transformation of civil rights similarly preponderates his ability to learn through experience. In the beginning, I saw the Freedom Riders as a national and political shame. He believed that civil rights activists were lacerating the image of the United States during the Cold War.
His vision went more and more when he saw the hatred of those who opposed the disintegration and violence he witnessed against civil rights activists by fire hoses and police dogs. Bloodied in the battle, Kennedy became a strong ally in the cause.
His ambition was different from that of the current rulers. His ambition was purposeful. He argued that the change begins with the actions of a single person and that if enough people do the same, they can change the story. In his visit to South Africa in 1966, in full Apartheid, he told a group of university students:
“Every time a man defends an ideal, or acts to improve the welfare of others, or attacks injustice, he sends a small wave of hope.”
Bobby, as I said, did not stop evolving at any time. His role in the midst of Cuba’s ‘Missile Crisis’ was momentous. After teaching the aerial photographs of the places where the Soviet nuclear weapons were, I support the decision to bomb the launching platforms. However, realizing that this meant killing hundreds or even thousands of Cubans and many Soviets, I started the search for a different alternative. He did not want the United States to produce, as he said, a “Pearl Harbor and reverse.”
In his work as a peace broker, he met secretly with a Soviet agent and suggested that the United States withdraw its missiles from Turkey in exchange for Moscow doing the same in Cuba. He convinced his brother John again and the exchange with the Soviets worked. With the tranquility of the duty fulfilled and already from the hillock, the nuclear war between the United States and the USSR went away.
That was a life in constant uplift what set Robert Kennedy apart. The beloved Bobby; As was suggested at the beginning, he was sometimes a fanatic, but he had the ability to evolve in the march and take a step back when necessary, reflect, learn from experience and choose the best option.
In addition, Kennedy’s solidarity with the most unprotected community, his interest in allying people indiscriminately from his condition and his obstinacy to climb and learn more every day, led him to what would be a perfect antidote to what we are experiencing these days , and always with the ability to understand that the first idea is not always the best.
That world that idealized has not arrived yet. Social inequality, poverty, prejudice, racial and religious differences persist, but that does not mean that Bobby was wrong. This teaches us that we must learn from our mistakes and that we must make more efforts.
Today after 50 years I am convinced that more people like Bobby are needed, in our political class, in our companies, in our lives … More people trying to unite us. More people willing to work to improve the lives of others.
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