Apple CEO Cook accepts Ripple of Hope Award; says RFK’s spirit lives on at Apple

“Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook may have put his live Internet-based television service on hold, but on Tuesday night he proved someone should sign him up to star in a series about social change,” Amanda L Gordon reports for Bloomberg.

“Accepting the Ripple of Hope Award at a benefit in New York for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, Cook preceded Georgia congressman and civil-rights veteran John Lewis and followed Evercore’s Roger Altman and Unesco ambassador Marianna Vardinoyannis,” Gordon reports. “Speaking for almost 12 minutes, the Apple boss touched on the headlines of the day, including the Syrian refugee crisis, privacy debates related to counter-terrorism efforts, climate change and Apple’s donation of products to public schools.”

Apple CEO Tim Cook
Apple CEO Tim Cook
Today, more than half of the states in this country still don’t offer basic protections to gay or transgender people, leaving millions of people vulnerable to being fired or evicted because of who they are or who they love.

Today, some in our country would turn away innocent men, women and children seeking refuge regardless of how many background checks they may submit to, simply based on where they were born. Victims of war and now victims of fear and misunderstanding.

Today, too many children are denied access to quality education simply because of the zip code they live in. They begin their lives facing strong headwinds and disadvantage they did nothing to deserve. We could do better, Robert Kennedy would say, and because we can do better, we must act. — Apple CEO Tim Cook

“Cook then quoted remarks Kennedy gave at the University of Cape Town in 1966: ‘Everywhere new technology and communications brings men and nations closer together, the concerns of one inevitably become the concerns of all,'” Gordon reports. “‘There’s such wonderful optimism in that statement. It’s that kind of spirit that drives us at Apple,’ Cook said.”

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    1. RFK made a show of going after the mob, but he didn’t do much damage to them, and he had no intention of doing so. He knew that the mob put JFK in the white house by delivering the Chicago graveyard vote, and he knew he’d need their help if he want to be president himself.


  1. If Tim Cook thinks so much about RFK, he should call for a new investigation about Bobby Kennedy’s assassination.

    For example, Sirhan Sirhan was never seen or allowed behind Kennedy in the kitchen. But the coroner concluded the fatal shots came from an inch or two behind Kennedy.

    Kennedy would probably have won a Presidential election, and would likely have won a second term. How much different our future would have been.

    1. I watched it happen live on TV -Sirhan was the shooter.

      Some people…..

      That being said, Cook needs to resign immediately. Software continues to suck, flubbed the Watch and IPad Pro launches, and released beta product Apple TV. Now he’s shutting down the reason many of us bit the bullet and bought the half-finished and incremental product (no 4K) – bundled channels so we can cut the cable.

      Mr. Cook, cash out and join your boyfriend Barack in retirement.

  2. RFK’s big brother, the one who was president said this….
    “In my own native state of Massachusetts, the battle for American freedom was begun by the thousands of farmers and tradesmen who made up the Minute Men — citizens who were ready to defend their liberty at a moment’s notice. Today we need a nation of minute men; citizens who are not only prepared to take up arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as a basic purpose of their daily life and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom. The cause of liberty, the cause of America, cannot succeed with any lesser effort.
    To back Cook did’nt think about quoting the leader of the free world instead of a wannabe brother.

  3. All I need to know about RFK is that Joe DiMaggio refused to shake his hand. RFK was one of the last people to talk to Marilyn Monroe before she overdosed (?). Dead Kennedys..

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