overall, however it was both a political and psychological defeat for America, as all hopes of an American war victory were now lost. Substantial anti-war support grew in vocality in the eyes ofan increasingly critical media, and within weeks of Tet Offensive, American support for the war was diminished to half of what it was. In March of 1968, an American company of troops killed nearly every individual of Vietnam’s My Lai village and attempted to cover it up. The group’s commander, Lieutenant William Calley, was found guilty of massacre. The killing of non-alignedmen, women, and children, as well as the secretiveness of the United States Army, further accentuated anti-war sentiments and a general distrust of the government and it’s handlings of the war. The massacre served as a rallying point for those in favor of de-escalation in Vietnam and caused Americans to reassess the credibility of the military. Both incidents subsequently led to the fervent disapproval and moral questioning of the Vietnam War and its purpose, and America’s discontinued involvement.Martin Luther King Jr., a champion of the civil rights and anti-war movement, battled for racial equality and justice for African Americans within America. On April 4, in Memphis, Tennessee, James Earl Ray, embittered by the increasing influence of African Americans in society, assassinated King. King’s murder evoked a national outburst of grief similar only to that of John F. Kennedy’s. His death triggered riots across America and released a wave of despair
Rowan 3over whites and blacks alike. His death furthermore engendered feelings of anger amongst African Americans, subsequently leading to mass rioting days after the assassination that injured and incarcerated thousands. MLK’s death also caused the civil rights movement to gain traction in the direction of militancy and racial violence and for American’s optimism of the future to entirely plummet. In the months following King’s death, Robert Kennedy, brother to late John F. Kennedy, established himself as the premier of the Democratic primaries and the frontrunner to anti-war individuals, African Americans, and the poor, while simultaneously dislodging McCarthy. Kennedy ran a popular anti-war and pro-civil rights based campaign, and after winning the essential California Democratic primary, he was assassinated by Palestine’s Sirhan Sirhan. Kennedy had emerged as a hero of the “underclass” and a figure of American liberalism,
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