Robert F. Kennedy (1925-1968)
So many times in the past, those of us who have stood up for the rights of the human race, who have proposed and even implemented change, have been liked by a majority but through the hatred of the minority they are destroyed. Sometimes this destruction is literal, for example assassination. This was the case for Robert F. Kennedy, born on November 20th, 1925 and who died on June 5th, 1968, with three bullet wounds to his chest. This is who I will be talking about today.
In his forty three years of life, Robert F. Kennedy achieved so much. During his life, RFK gained the trust and respect of the American people, he delivered some of the most famous speeches of all time and gained some of the highest positions that can be possibly attained in the U.S. Senate, including Attorney-General. RFK wrote five books and many other publications on politics and various issues that were confronting his nation and his generation. Another one of RFK’s accomplishments was the founding of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Corporation to rebuild one of New York City’s worst ghettos. In 1963, JFK, Robert Kennedy’s brother and president of the U.S, was assassinated. Determined to continue his brother's vision, Kennedy re-entered public life. In 1964 he ran for the U.S. Senate for New York and won by a margin of more than 700,000 votes. One of RFK’s final achievements during his life was the winning of five presidential primaries, all of which were southern states whose opinions of RFK were famously hateful. RFK would most probably have become the president of the U.S if it wasn’t for his death. However, Robert F. Kennedy didn’t just stop achieving things once he died, but only continued to gain so much more recognition. In 1978 he received posthumously the Gold Medal of Honour, and in the months and years after his death multiple organisations were formed and roads, public schools and other facilities across the U.S. were named in his memory. However, not only did he achieve all these phenomenal things but while doing so maintained his roles as a good father to his eleven children, a supportive husband to his wife Ethel, a respectful son and a caring brother to eight other siblings. He stuck by his family members in every situation.
So, now that you know what Robert F. Kennedy achieved, it’s probably about time I told you why he achieved so much and what change he implemented to gain such a response to his actions even today. One of the areas of life in which RFK created reform in was law and its enforcement. Upon his arrival to the Department of Justice in 1951, he was determined to change the department’s previous neglect of these organised crime and assigned a high priority aggressive campaign against mobsters. He overcame the FBI’s indifference to the pursuit of these corrupt businessmen and the Mafia, and established a federal law enforcement agency whose sole purpose was to investigate organised crime. Another change that RFK implemented was that he significantly increased the funds and manpower for the Department of Justice’s Organised Crime Section and successfully lobbied the Congress for legislation that would expand federal powers against organised crime. These changes that RFK implemented and encouraged to be implemented resulted in organised crime convictions increasing from only a minor fourteen cases in 1960 to a more substantial three hundred and seventy three cases in 1963.
Robert F. Kennedy’s role in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950’s and 1960’s has been often ignored or downplayed due to his sometimes seemingly naïve actions that he was forced to take to protect his brother’s presidency. However, from the beginning of his career RFK sought to create change in the ways that the African American people were treated with racism by the Anglo-Saxon Americans, particularly in the South. As a consequence of his position as Attorney General, RFK implemented multiple changes including the...
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