Kennedy effectively acknowledged the feeling anger and resentment toward whites

Kennedy effectively acknowledged the feeling anger

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Kennedy effectively acknowledged the feeling anger and resentment toward whites in hisspeech and corroborated them as being a natural reaction by stating that the public might “befilled with bitterness, and with hatred, and a desire for revenge." He invoked the example of Dr.King, and he turned the crowd’s decision whether to erupt or not into a choice for the country aswell. He implied that the United States could either allow the events to further racially divide thecountry, or follow the direction of Martin Luther King Jr. by replacing those feelings of fury withtolerance, clemency, and love for one another. Regarding demographics, it was compelling as the
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2overwhelmingly African-American crowd shared a great admiration and gratitude for Dr. King'sdevotedness in fighting for equal rights (Kennedy et al).According to Warrenburg (Warrenburg 43), African-Americans had already planned toattend Kennedy’s campaign speech that day because he had become a beacon of hope for racialunity throughout his political career. African-Americans had both personal interest and self-interest in attending the event because Kennedy could have become the next president of theUnited States and therefore would have a significant impact on their life. Kennedy was honestand did not shun the reality during his speech. In spite of the distinct cultural differences between
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  • Fall '07
  • NICHOLAS,CHERYLL
  • John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Robert F. Kennedy

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