Leadership vacuum: Stoking division, hatred are all that Trump knows

On April 4, 1968, just hours after Martin Luther King was assassinated, presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy broke the news at a large gathering in a predominantly black neighborhood in Indianapolis, Ind.

Kennedy didn’t walk away from a potentially volatile situation, but from the back of a flatbed trailer he offered compassion for a shocked audience.

“For those of you who are black and are tempted to fill with hatred and mistrust of the injustice of such an act, against all white people, I would only say that I can also feel in my own heart the same kind of feeling,” Kennedy said. “I had a member of my family killed, but he was killed by a white man.”

That night, riots broke out in more than 100 cities.

There was no rioting in Indianapolis.

 

 

 

 

 

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