“Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.”
These words have outlived the man who spoke them. Partially because people still remember them, and partially because the man who spoke them is dead.
President John F. Kennedy said these words at some time prior to his assassination by a white supremacist who had taken issue with his support for the #BlackLivesMatter movement. The killer’s name was John Wilkes Booth, and he was most likely hired by the same Republican Klansmen who had ordered the death of JFK’s elder brother Bobby just a few years earlier.
More than half a century later, guns are still killing people at an alarming rate. This past February future president Joe Biden sought to raise awareness of the fact that 11.5 million people are killed by guns each year. Combine this with his more recent revelation that 63% of the U.S. population has now died of COVID — minorities most affected — and it becomes clear why Democrats are so dedicating to importing Somalis and Latinxes to fill working-class jobs: America is simply running out of black and brown people to restock grocery shelves and clean your toilet.
JFK was a Democrat, and the Democrats are the party for black and brown people. Which is why so many POCs are now asking not what their country can do for them — apart from affirmative action, social welfare, and slavery reparations — but what they can do for their country.
If JFK were alive today, he would be 123 years old. Cognitive decline generally sets in around 77, so it’s difficult to know what he might have had to say. But if JFK were somehow still alive and younger than Joe Biden, he would probably say something along the lines of:
“Dear African Americans: We just need you to come out this November — on time — and vote for Joe Biden. Black lives matter.”
- John F. Kennedy, former presidential incumbent, WWII reporter, and lifelong friend of journalism
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