The effect on NZ
The assassination of MLK, JFK and then RFK all had their toll on the world. It is hard as a teenager to look back to such a different time and make a judgement on how it affected the world and New Zealand, as I do not know the time. What I can say, is that his assassination never attracted the same amount of public fascination as his brothers. And I do not think that this is justified. Robert Kennedy was Unique. He reached out to the poor. He reached out to the working class whites, and he reached out to the African American people and migrant workers. This was not commonplace for the politicians of the time who would ignore these demographics. He came from a privileged wealthy background, yet spoke passionately about the oppressed. He asked America to support racial and educational equality, something that needed to be done.
He spoke out about taking responsibility for the environment and for negotiating peace in a world filled with war.
All these things that he was becoming, are still what politicians and leaders are fighting about today.
New Zealand is so heavily influenced by the USA and its culture that i think having a leader like RFK could have influenced New Zealand, and the world for better.
“All of us might wish at times that we lived in a more tranquil world, but we don’t. And if our times are difficult and perplexing, so are they challenging and filled with opportunity.”