"I come to this platform tonight to make a passionate plea to my beloved nation".
Marin Luther King Jr. starting his speech about the Vietnam War.
Why are we even here?
This is not fair!
Vietnam War 1967
The war was draining the resources designated to programs that would help the poor in the United States.
We are taking the black young men who had been crippled by our society and sending them away to guarantee liberties in Southeast Asia which they had not found in southwest Georgia and East Harlem (lines 35-38).
"Their questions hit home, and I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today: my own government" (lines55-58).
"Now let us begin. Now let us rededicate ourselves to the long and bitter, but beautiful, struggle for a new world" (lines 513-514).