The spirit of Dallas: Let’s plant an ‘uplifting’ message near the spot where JFK was killed.
The city of fathers of Dallas plan to plant a memorial plaque to President John F. Kennedy near the spot where he was shot dead 50 years ago, reports the Dallas Morning News.
This foolhardly but revealing proposal captures Dallas civic culture at is most clueless. Whatever its intentions, the idea of an “uplifting” plaque in the place where John F. Kennedy — a man, a husband, a father, a veteran of war, a visionary liberal, and a leader — died in a hail of bullets is not only in supremely bad taste. It also may also violate National Park Service regulations requiring that the area be preserved as it appeared 50 years ago.
Dealey Plaza is not just the place where President Kennedy was killed 50 years ago. It is also the site of an ongoing struggle over the meaning of the First Amendment in 2013. And nobody has covered the story better than Dallas Observer blogger Jim Schutze.
As Dallas authorities continue their ill-advised plan to ban all discussion of the causes of JFK’s death in Dealey Plaza on November 22, 2013, the local admirers of JFK who have held a Nov. 22 vigil for the slain president every year for decades are launching a petition drive to keep Dealey Plaza open to people of all points of view.
Robert Groden, veteran JFK researcher, tells Dallas Morning News editorial writer Rodger Jones that he is likely to challenge the city’s plans to restrict access to Dealey Plaza on November 22, 2013. Read more
The iconic “six seconds in Dallas” that one year from today will be 50 years old. The aftermath of national shock was quickly followed by the expanding Vietnam War and its protests, the “sixties”, race riots, and more murders of political leaders.
Not in dispute that day is the basic chronology: shots fired in Dealey Plaza which hit JFK and Governor Connally, frantic treatment at Parkland Hospital where the President was pronounced dead, the arrest of Lee Harvey Oswald an hour and a half after the shooting, not long after the murder of police officer Tippit, Air Force I racing to DC with the new President Johnson and the body of the dead president, Oswald’s protest of “I’m a patsy!” shouted to the crowd of reporters who had descended upon the Dallas Police station.
So much else remains in dispute. The reconstruction of the crime scene – how many shots from where by whom. The role of Oswald – lone gunman, conspirator, patsy. Psychopath or government agent. Read more
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