“Who taught you to hate the texture of your hair?
Who taught you to hate the color of your skin?
Who taught you to hate the shape of your nose and the shape of your lips?
Who taught you to hate yourself from the top of your head to the soles of your feet?
Who taught you to hate your own kind?
Who taught you to hate the race that you belong to so much so that you don’t want to be around each other?”
The Kiss, Jacques Feyder -USA 1929. Production: MGM. Greta Garbo.
On this day in LIFE Magazine — June 12, 1964: Ugly War in Vietnam
See related: One Week’s Toll: American Dead in Vietnam
“How many times must we live through these throat-paralyzing sequences of days of gun play, grief and muffled drums?”
The question, posed by LIFE magazine in its June 14, 1968, issue, is freighted with all of the wrenching emotions unleashed by the events that so unsettled the country and the world in the first half of that schizoid year, 1968. The assassination of Dr. King; the Tet Offensive, the My Lai massacre and all the other horrors attendant on the war in Vietnam; and, on June 5, the murder of Robert Kennedy by a Jerusalem-born Jordanian, Sirhan Sirhan, in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.
See many rare photos from this issue here.