“A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.” JKF
John F. Kennedy was one man, among many, whose life came to a sudden end, today fifty years ago. Under the debatable story of irrational single shooters, many great men have been murdered in the midst of their lives under the eyes of a concerned world. Presidents and other political figures have been assassinated under remarkably similar circumstances. It seems as if we were reading the same book whose characters’ name change to fit yet another tragedy. It is amazing how alike some of these events are throughout nations, eras, and cultures.
Having grown up in Mexico, I can think of a similar political assassination: Luis Donaldo Colosio. He was a presidential candidate that was shot during a mass campaign event he organized in Tijuana on March 1994. His shooter, as Harvey Lee Oswald in the case of Kennedy, was arrested for the crime under unclear procedures and circumstances that have given rise to many conspiracy theories involving figures of power, political foes and organized crime. He, like Oswald, was labeled as a single shooter.
Of course these unfortunate events are not only reserved for political figures. Many artists, musicians, writers, activists and journalists, have had a similar fate. Figures such as John Lennon, Mahatma Gandhi, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr. and even Robert Kennedy (John F. Kennedy´s younger brother) have more than a fatal fate in common. They wanted to change what was around them. They wanted a different status quo and were all coincidentally killed by a “single shooter.”
This illustrates two possible explanations: 1) there are too many mentally unstable people with guns out there, or 2) the single fanatic shooter explanation is the best way to cover up for certain groups that planned these murders and get away with them.
Nevertheless, in spite of what could have been behind their deaths, their ideas remain today. In days like this Friday, I often wonder how these ideas have changed who we are. How have they influenced what we do? The world we live in?