Monday, October 28, 2013

Was Kennedy's Assassination Partly Due to an Atmosphere of Hatred?

After John F. Kennedy's assassination, The Longines Symphonette Recording Society published a three-record album titled, "The Kennedy Years, 1956 - 1963", providing an audio history of Kennedy's presidency.

The third record of the set was narrated by Chet Huntley, the distinguished news broadcaster.

I am providing here the last few minutes of that recording. I do that because I think it may speak to us today as a warning. Mr. Huntley felt that perhaps a contributing factor that led to the assassination of Kennedy was an atmosphere of hatred. Is that what we have today? What consequences are we suffering from the political atmosphere in which we have surrounded ourselves? Is it possible for us to strive for a more civilized society in which love and respect for our fellow men are ascendant and disrespect and hatred is suppressed?

I start the recording as we are hearing the end of a clip from Martin Luther King's speech during the 1963 March on Washington. Mr. Huntley then talks briefly about Kennedy's thoughts on the March and the Civil Rights Movement. Click here for Mr. Huntley's thoughts: -> Chet Huntley's Comments

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