I would only say that I can also feel in my own heart the same kind of feeling. I had a member of my family killed, but he was killed by a white man.

from Robert F. Kennedy – Remarks on the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Rap Genius

Meaning

RFK’s older brother, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in November 1963. Here RFK seeks to defuse the racial tension of the moment by universalizing the tragedy of King’s death, boiling it down to the grief we feel at losing anyone we care about, regardless of skin color.

RFK himself would be assassinated by Sirhan Sirhan, a Palestinian Arab, just over two months after this speech (June 6, 1968).

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