March 28th, 2005
Trampling on the Memory of Bobby Kennedy
By Gary Ruskin
Talk about knowing no shame. The Washington Times reported today that the D.C.
Sports & Entertainment Commission is seeking to sell naming rights to RFK
The stadium was named for the late U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy in 1969,
after he was assassinated.
Sometimes it seems as if there’s nothing the commercial culture won’t deface,
or erase, or obliterate, if there’s a dollar to be made.
Bobby Kennedy was a civic hero. He deserves much better than than to be insulted
like this. The DC government should not sell naming rights to RFK Stadium.
To those who may think that the DC government can’t be stopped, recall Kennedy’s
words in June, 1966 in Johannesburg, South Africa:
"Let no one be discouraged by the belief that there is nothing one man
or one woman can do against the enormous array of the world’s ills --- against
misery and ignorance, injustice and violence.... Few will have the greatness
to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of
events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this
generation. It is from the numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that
human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to
improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends a tiny
ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of
energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest
walls of oppression and resistance."