INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Over the weekend in the space just to the right of Robert Kennedy’s likeness, someone wrote the words “let’s heal the division” in white on the Landmark for Peace memorial at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park.
The vandal, who signed the phrase “from N.C.,” appeared to be parroting an impromptu speech delivered by Democrat presidential candidate Robert Kennedy to a crowd of supporters gathered in the park just minutes after King died on April 4, 1968.
“What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence and lawlessness, but is love, and wisdom, and compassion toward one another,” said Kennedy.
The memorial to Kennedy and King was erected in the exact location where Kennedy stood that night.
News 8 received this statement about the vandalism on behalf of the Kennedy King Memorial Initiative:
“The Kennedy King Memorial Initiative encourages the community to come together to have candid and courageous conversations but does not condone expressing those thoughts by defacing public property. The statements written in chalk on the Landmark for Peace Memorial this past weekend were not derogatory or harmful, simply an act of passion. We collaborated with our partners to have them promptly removed, ensuring the memorial remains a place that inspires people to seek to eliminate division and justice in our community.”
– KKMI managing partner Lena Hackett.
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