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Flashback Friday: That way awkward dinner party at Bobby Kennedy's in May '63.

James Baldwin, left, and Bobby Kennedy. (Google Images)

 

By the time Robert F. Kennedy was killed in 1968, he had come to be viewed by many as a politician who cared deeply about Civil Rights, poverty, and oppression. 

But it wasn't always that way. In fact, just five years earlier, at a private dinner party he hosted in NYC with some of Black America's most elite, he was decidedly unwoke.

In Lawrence O'Donnell's new book, Playing With Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics, he recounts some of the events of the ill-fated shindig:

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Lent- Day 7: You say acquiescence, I say injustice.

One of Martin Luther King's mug shots. (Image source.)

 

I had IVIG infusion treatment, and my nurse Charlie shared with me about his time serving in the military in the early 60s. At one point, while stationed in Germany, he was detailed to secure President John F. Kennedy (the same trip during which he made his famous "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech). He even met the 35th POTUS, who asked, "So young man, from what part of the country are you?" I was amazed by this memory, although Charlie seemed blase about it. He liked Kennedy, and mourned his assasination a few months after their meeting. But the circumstances of that meeting was all a part of his duty to serve.

 

However, his tone changed when he discussed another incident...

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