Then Oliver Stone stirred everybody up again with JFK, the movie; Mark Seal’s story describes the reenactment of the assassination in tragicomic detail.
This collection of heartfelt condolence letters to the First Lady show that Texans felt enormous anguish and guilt over the tragedy.
He was, if anything, the Anti-Dallas, the summation of everything we hated and feared. The world decided that Kennedy had died in enemy territory, that no matter who had killed him, we had willed him dead.” Over time, however, it surprised many of us Texans that hatreds softened and memories faded.
The conspiracy theories that looked like sure things upon closer inspection seemed to come to little, according to then editor, Greg Curtis in 1989.
The assasination of our 35th president was a seminal event in Texas.
The tragedy seemed to seal the perception of our state as being populated by a bunch of trigger-happy yeehaws who were beyond forgiveness.He said that he brought the umbrella simply to heckle Kennedy, whose father, Joseph, had been a supporter of the Nazi-appeasing British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain.By waving a black umbrella, Chamberlain's trademark fashion accessory, Witt said he was protesting the Kennedy family appeasing Adolf Hitler before World War II.We can control our clicks, what we choose to share online, what we talk about with friends and what we contemplate alone."Schlossberg has a point—we are easily distracted by the sheer volume of news and information being thrown our way and perhaps too easily lured by speculative headlines.On the other hand, it's hard to imagine something more newsworthy than the declassification of top secret files about a defining moment in 20th century American history. Lawrence Wright recounted his struggles as a young man, growing up under the assassination’s shadow in 1983, in an essay entitled “Why do they hate us so much?“: “It was a shock how much the world hated us—and why? He was a Marxist and an atheist; you could scarcely call him a product of the city.No strangers to the public process of grief and debate, his family mostly kept silent as conspiracy theories and timelines of the events of 1963 were again front page news.Now JFK's only grandson, Jack Kennedy Schlossberg, has written an opinion piece in about the files, only the latest in a series of public moments that seem to hint at his own political ambitions.He argues that the media coverage of the release was a "distraction" from other issues, including climate change, systemic racism, income inequality, and the state of health care in America, and he chastises those publications that perpetuate the "myths, drama and conspiracy" of President Kennedy's death."To be sure, declassification is a good thing for a democracy.The more government transparency, the better," he writes, while also critiquing the conspiracies that were in many ways created when the documents were shrouded in secrecy.