Describe the social and political turmoil of 1968;include the assassinations of MLK Jr, Robert Kennedy and the events surrounding the DNC.
MLK assassination – who killed him, why
In Memphis, Texas, on April 4, 1968, Matin Luther King Jr. was assassinated by the suspected James Earl Ray. He was shot in the neck by the sniper on the second floor balcony of the Lorraine Motel. Many think that Ray was paid to shoot and kill King, as he did not have a record of political hatred.
MLK assassination Riots – when, where, why, what happened, affects
During April of 1968, riots occurred in over 125 cities across the nation. National guards were often needed to stop the riots and the crowds due to their size and force. Many became violent and destroyed ans set fire to cities across the nation. Many resorted to Black Panther types of rioting, using violence to get their message across about their rage towards MLK’s assassination. They felt it was a violation and act against everything they and MLK had been striving towards.
Robert Kennedy Assassination – Who killed him, why, what role did Robert play politically at that time
Robert Kennedy was killed by Sirhan Sirhan, and was shot multiple times, less than a foot away. Sirhan did this as he believed that Robert Kennedy was the reason that Palestinians were oppressed in America. Robert Kennedy was, at the time, a Senator and said “by many to be the only person in American politics capable of uniting the people [in America].”
1968 Chicago Democratic National Convention (DNC) riots – causes, what happened, result
On August 28, 1968, riots occurred at the 1968 Chicago Democratic National Convention filled with Vietnam War protesters. This was due to the decision being made inside the convention: its stance on Vietnam. The Democratic Party was conflicted about their opinion on the matter. This event made the party weaker as it was an internal conflict, causing the party to lose the upcoming election to the Republicans.
The information that will stick with me is that there were so many riots during this time period due to the occurrence of all of these controversial events. This relates back to today as we still have riots occasionally and protests on certain subjects in politics.