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Robert F. Kennedy's 1968 speech resurfaces after Dallas shooting

Robert F. Kennedy's MLK assassination speech

Robert F. Kennedy's eulogy following the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. has resurfaced after five police officers were shot and killed in Dallas on Thursday.

"What we need in the United States is not division. What we need in the United States is not hatred. What we need in the United States is not violence and lawlessness, but is love and wisdom and compassion toward one another," Robert F. Kennedy said on April 4, 1968, the night Martin Luther King Jr. was killed.

Many on social media are sharing the speech in the wake of the Dallas shooting that left seven more officers and two civilians injured, saying his words apply to the recent tragedy, nearly five decades later.  

"A call not to arms, but to love," tweeted Victoria Brownworth the evening of the Dallas police shooting. "These words resonate tonight more than any." 

The shooting in Dallas happened during a protest against police brutality after two black men were killed by white police officers in Louisiana and Minnesota.

"For those of you who are black and are tempted to be filled 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," Robert F. Kennedy said in the speech. "I had a member of my family killed, but he was killed by a white man." 

The police shooting in Dallas took place just three blocks from where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. 

"This speech ought to be a relic," wrote Twitter use Heidi Voight. "Instead, it remains as relevant today as it was on April 5, 1968."

"We've had difficult times in the past, and we will have difficult times in the future. It is not the end of violence; it is not the end of lawlessness; and it's not the end of disorder," Kennedy said. "But the vast majority of white people and the vast majority of black people in this country want to live together, want to improve the quality of our life, and want justice for all human beings that abide in our land." 

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