Truthout

In The Absence of Heroes

Thursday, 29 August 2013 11:06 By William Rivers Pitt, Truthout | Message
  • font size decrease font size decrease font size increase font size increase font size
  • Print
  • Email

Robert F. Kennedy.Robert F. Kennedy, January 28, 1964. (Photo: Yoichi R. Okamoto / Wikimedia)He was a child of enormous privilege, the son of a filthy-rich war-profiteer industrialist. During the early part of his career, he helped ruin innocent people while seated at the right hand of Joe McCarthy and played the game of thrones next to his brother in the Oval Office with millions of people's lives.

And then he suffered a great loss, and became a different man, a better man, and wrapped his new perspective around his enormous power and influence. He stared true poverty in the face, realized how evil the war he helped to start was, and set out to make change with the same hard-nosed zeal for which he had become famous.

And then someone shot him dead in a kitchen.

You can lay a finger on dozens of moments in this country's history when fate turned on its axis in a way that changed everything… and tall in the running for Most Important, to me, is the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. He was one of them, born again as one of us. His murder is a moment we are still recovering from as a nation, and we will still be short of that recovery for a long, long time.

Where Robert Kennedy was inspired by Martin Luther King's opposition to the Vietnam War to take the same stance, today our leaders pay homage to Dr. King while planning air strikes against Syria. We need heroes today more than ever, but in the absence of Bobby and MLK, we must find those heroes within ourselves. You and I, all of us, are the ones we have been waiting for, and we have been here all along.

Truthout exists to both inform and chronicle the heroic work of standing against war, injustice and inequality. To keep doing that, we need your support: Can you make a tax-deductible donation today? Please help us in this task, so that we can help you.

Click here
        to donate.
Click here to donate.
(Truthout is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. EIN: 20-0031641)

You can also donate by check, made payable to:
Truthout, P.O. Box 276414, Sacramento, CA 95827
(Please include your email address on your check.)

Or call in your donation: 213.489.1971

Copyright, Truthout. May not be reprinted without permission of the author.

William Rivers Pitt

William Rivers Pitt is Truthout's senior editor and lead columnist. He is also a New York Times and internationally bestselling author of three books: War on Iraq: What Team Bush Doesn't Want You to Know, The Greatest Sedition Is Silence and House of Ill Repute: Reflections on War, Lies, and America's Ravaged Reputation. His fourth book, The Mass Destruction of Iraq: Why It Is Happening, and Who Is Responsible, co-written with Dahr Jamail, is available now on Amazon. He lives and works in New Hampshire.


Hide Comments

blog comments powered by Disqus