The Voice for the voiceless
“My brother was the first President of the United States to state publicly that segregation was morally wrong. His heart and his soul are in this bill. If his life and death had a meaning, it was that we should not hate but love one another; we should use our powers not to create conditions of oppression that lead to violence, but conditions of freedom that lead to peace.” (T.K. U.S Senate, 1964)
I am always amazed when I see someone who comes from an economically well to do family championing the cause of the less fortunate in society. While it is fashionable to avoid talking about poor people, even by those who actually come from needy backgrounds, it is most admirable that Senator Ted Kennedy was a true hero for the cause of justice and equality.
Senator Ted Kennedy who has authored thousands of bills during his long and illustrious public service, had constantly focused on issues that affected women, African-Americans, people with disabilities, higher education opportunity for all, civil rights for Gays and Lesbians, etc. What these groups have in common is the fact that they are the most vulnerable in the U.S. Of course, the most reliable defender these groups had was Ted Kennedy.
In the mid 80s when the Reagan administration was doing everything in its power to prolong racism and exploitation in South Africa, Ted Kennedy was fighting against apartheid and pushed for sanctions against South Africa. People who believe in justice and equality should never forget Ted Kennedy’s protest in front of the prison where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned.
Ted Kennedy’s impact on the body politic of the U.S is enormous. It is a sad day for all. Without a doubt America has lost a giant of a man.