I always thought those liberal pundits who blamed the conservative city of Dallas for JFK’s assassination spoke too glibly. A recent review of Bill Minutaglio and Steven Davis’ book, Dallas 1963, in the Charleston Post and Courier got it right I think.
“While Dallas bore a large portion of the blame and backlash for Kennedy’s death, how much was the city to blame? If one believes Oswald to be the assassin, his ties to the city were not deep. If one embraces the idea of a conspiracy, it is generally considered to extend well beyond the borders of the city.”
The book, unfortunately, is not so nuanced, with the authors dressing up the conventional lone gunman theory with the contorted argument that Oswald, a didactic, self-taught, pro-civil rights socialist was somehow inspired to murder by the city’s pervasive racism and anti-communism. Of the many implausible features of the official theory, that is among the most implausible of all.
Reviewer Michael Nelson is more precise.
“But the mood of political rage and hatred in Dallas surely provided a ripe environment for such a tragedy. The contempt for Kennedy and intolerance for differing views at that time can provide a lesson for us today, when political polarization and extremism are all too common.”
via The Post and Courier.