What Has Violence Accomplished?

“What has violence ever accomplished? What has it ever created? No martyr’s cause has ever been stilled by an assassin’s bullet. No wrongs have ever been righted by riots and civil disorders. A sniper is only a coward, not a hero; and an uncontrolled or uncontrollable mob is only the voice of madness, not the voice of the people.” – Robert Kennedy

Robert Kennedy was born on November 20, 1925, in Brookline, MA, to Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy and Joseph P. Kennedy Sr. Robert Kennedy graduated from Harvard University in 1948. Over the course of his lifetime, “Bobby” Kennedy was a politician from Massachusetts and a junior senator from New York. He was also the 64th U.S. Attorney General. Robert Kennedy was a democrat and an advocate for the Civil Rights Movement. Kennedy ran for president in 1968 and ended up being the leading candidate for the Democratic party. After winning the primaries in two states, Sirhan Sirhan shot him on June 6, 1968.

Robert Kennedy delivered this speech, called “The Mindless Menace of Violence,” on April 5, 1968, almost exactly two months before he was killed. It included this quote: “What has violence ever accomplished? What has it ever created? No martyr’s cause has ever been stilled by an assassin’s bullet. No wrongs have ever been righted by riots and civil disorders. A sniper is only a coward, not a hero; and an uncontrolled or uncontrollable mob is only the voice of madness, not the voice of the people.” I think that he is saying that violence solves essentially nothing. He is also saying that it doesn’t create anything. A cause isn’t stopped when the leader dies. Nothing can be righted by a riot. He is saying that a mob doesn’t truly show “what the people want.”

(I actually disagree with this quote…I do agree what the general meaning, “violence is bad.” Maybe I’ll do a post on it later.)

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