And if there is one overriding reality in this country, it is the danger that we have an erosion of a sense of national decency. Make no mistake. Decency is at the heart of the matter. Poverty in this country is indecent. Illiteracy is indecent. The death or maiming of brave young men in the swamps of Asia, that is also indecent.
It is also indecent for man to work with his back and his hands in the valleys of California without hope of ever seeing his son enter a university. It is indecent for the best of our young people to be driven to alienation and the terrible exile of drugs and violence, to allow their hearts to wither in rage and with hatred.
This in my judgment in the year 1968 is a time to create, not to destroy. This is a time for men to work with a sense of decency and not with bitterness. This is a time to begin again...
Robert F. Kennedy
March 23, 1968
San Jose, California