Esquire: Dallas' JFK Commemoration "More Than a Little Bit Hinky"

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November 22 is still nine days away, but the eyes of the world are already turning toward Dallas in anticipation of the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy being gunned down in Dealey Plaza.

City leaders knew this would happen. It's why Mayor Mike Rawlings has been working on his speech since January, why Dallas' civic elites have been working behind the scenes for more than a year to make sure everything goes off without a hitch.

See also: Dallas' Quest to Keep the 50th Anniversary of JFK's Death "Classy" Will Fail, and Fail Hard

The result, purged of any mention of the a-word (ass*********) or messy conspiracy theories, will be a weirdly sanitized spin on history.

Schutze has been saying this for more than a year now, and it seems that Esquire's Charlie Pierce agrees. He penned a blog post on Tuesday scratching his head over Dallas' plans and Rawlings' insistence that The 50th "is all about acknowledging the life, legacy, and leadership of the 35th president, not the moment 50 years ago."

Suffice it to say that 50 years ago "civic leaders with deep ties to the city" of Dallas were a major part of the problem with the atmosphere when Kennedy came to town. But now, they're going to commemorate his murder without mentioning the word "assassination"? This impresses me as being more than a little bit hinky. If you want to celebrate the life, legacy, and leadership of JFK, do it on his birthday, not on the 50th anniversary of the day in which he got shot down in cold blood and broad daylight in the middle of your city. Forgive me if I see this -- as well as the freezing out of the assassination research community, which probably has done more for tourism in Dallas over the years than Jerry Jones has -- as the continuing attempt by the city to forgive itself by anesthetizing the history of what actually happened there. This is just weird.

See also: Esquire: The Right Hates Obama Like Dallas Hated JFK

But we already know how Pierce feels.


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B_L_Zebubba
B_L_Zebubba

"[A]s well as the freezing out of the assassination research community, which probably has done more for tourism in Dallas over the years than Jerry Jones has".

Mmmm - I'm thinking the whole affair's more Hinckley than "hinky" - as in John, Jr.

God forbid we should leave out these eminent "researchers" and their estimable contributions to that ever-enobling enterprise, tourism. These pathetic tin-foil-hatted clowns have been tastelessly milking Dallas's bloodiest public spectacle with their paranoiac drivel for all it's been worth and then some; they belong in the same junk-bin of history as LHO. So what if these "researchers" and their dim-witted easily misled acolytes are shut out - good riddance. Only then will the right-wingers of early-sixties Dallas stop getting the last laugh.

Better yet, how about we forget about the whole "remembrance" of the assassination - our civic lowlight - and leave the commemoration to others? To do otherwise makes it look like we're accomplices in the cashing-in. Maybe if we do our best to forget about the whole thing our murdered President can finally be left to rest in peace rather than maintained in the bloody blown-brains suspended animation he's been kept in by the assassination ghouls for the last four decades and counting. Not even Jerry Jones with his Jerrassic Park has been so hillbilly and crass.

Steve
Steve

Dallas police solved the Crime of the Century in three hours, and would have prevented it if the FBI had shared their Intel about LHO. 

lzippitydoo
lzippitydoo

Esquire has extreme content anyway that is read by only a few. Dallas will always be apologetic and is trying to come in above the anticipated rif raf of continuously blaming a city for what one warped individual did! Politics at the time were not openly warm to JFK from Dallas but that was only politics - not an infamous event. So, rather than commemorate the sickly event - let's honor JFK, his place in history, the time and do it in a fashion in which the world (which would be looking to Dallas anyway on that date) would be listening!

bruce.levy1
bruce.levy1

Whitewashing history is as American as Apple Pie.

Tom434
Tom434

Although this theory has been around for over 20 years there was a recent cable show JFK The Smoking Gun that claims the fatal shot was fired by accident by Secret Service Agent George Hickey,

kayo
kayo

I don't really care about how some writer at Esquire regards our handling of the anniversary.  He doesn't live here, and he doesn't seem to see the bigger picture.  What offends me about how the Dallas Ruling Class is approaching November 22nd is it's desire to exclude the other 99% of the city from participating.  Dealey Plaza should be open to everyone nine days from today!

WonkotheSane
WonkotheSane

158 words complaining about what Dallas is doing. Not one on what Dallas should do.

And can we please get beyond this "atmosphere" of hate canard? Yes, there was plenty of nasty crap going on in Dallas at the time. However, how could right-wing hate mongers influence a card-carrying communist? It's far more likely that Oswald was trying to avenge the USSR for the Cuban Missile Crisis.

mm32
mm32

And if Dallas were to do nothing on this 50th anniversary, a-words like Charles Pierce would be even more up in arms.

RoscoeJ.
RoscoeJ.

Dallas was Democrat then and Dallas is Democrat now.

John1073
John1073

The 50th celebration of his brain splatter is just as classy as the X they leave painted on the road so you can see where said brains were splattered.

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

And if the area allowed the anniversary to pass by quietly I am sure there would be thousands of words written about the course of inaction taken as well.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

You can't blame Liberals elsewhere.  They are ignorant of the fact that Dallas is a Democrat town.  Our bona fides that we voted for Obama would fall on deaf ears anyway.  We cannot possess the credentials to do what we planned.  

Hey man yer Dallas.  Home of the Bush Library.  You've got to spend your entire life making up for the vermin you are.  Do that, and we'll talk.  But no "celebration" of the "life" of JFK can take place in Dallas.  His life ended here.  We are thoroughly stereotyped. Stigmatized.  Profiled.  

We're just going to creep everyone out.

Right down to the aerials of snipers positioned on the roof tops.

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

It is humorous to me that 50 years later we as a city are still denying the conspiracy theories.

doublecheese
doublecheese

It's beyond ridiculous to pin the actions of a deranged assassin on a citizenry simply opposed to Kennedy's policy, no matter how fervently they did oppose them.  It's almost as bad as blaming the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords by a crazed left winger on the Tea Party.  Such is the American Left.

CapGuy
CapGuy

Great example our our need for less media. What did the citizens of Dallas have to do with this?

Nothing.

Was there an event covering Lincoln's assassination 50th anniversary?

CapGuy
CapGuy

This event is one of the best examples of our need for less media.

ruddski
ruddski

JFK and John Lennon - two of the most over-rated victims of assassination in history.

Tom434
Tom434

@RoscoeJ. The Courthouse was Democratic but Nixon beat Kennedy 62% to 37% with 1% for 3rd parties canidates

mm32
mm32

@RoscoeJ. Um, sorta.  By quantity, you're correct, more Democrats.  By allegiance of the most powerful in the city, Republican in both eras.


lebowski300
lebowski300

@ruddski Exactly how does one qualify someone who was universally acknowledged to be assassinated to be an "over-rated victim" of it. You are simply dumb.

Guest
Guest

@ruddski The citizens of New York have a lot to answer for.

doublecheese
doublecheese

@ruddski Can you imagine if John Lennon were still alive today?  He'd be about as relevant as Bob Dylan.  He'd keep putting out new albums that nobody would buy, and his concerts would be full of old people who only want to hear the old hits.  It would be sad. 

ruddski
ruddski

Damn Right! Thhe city that killed the dream!

leftocenter
leftocenter

I can imagine.  So, you think his continuing to live would have been sad?  What are you 19?  News flash....Bob Dylan is way more relevant than, say, Macklemore.  Do you think Mac's music will even be remembered 40 years from now?  Do you think Sir Paul's continuing career has been "sad"? 

I'd love to see your picture...so I can match the name with the face...you, douche bag.

ruddski
ruddski

Yoko would br happy though.

Daniel
Daniel

@doublecheese @leftocenter  Descartes, John Locke, etc., are overrated, too, if you approach them with zero historical context.. In context, they are among the most brilliant and influential men in history. 

Any student of songcraft who skips over Lennon and Dylan is like a philosophy student who skips over Descartes and Locke. They're more or less permanently relevant, your grumbling notwithstanding.  

leftocenter
leftocenter

I'm not generally so unkind, but there's something very creepy about saying someone's continued life -- someone NOT being murdered -- would have been a better outcome for anyone.  Any artist who dies young increases the value of his/her body of work.  But you've take the "what if" to an absurd conclusion.

BTW, I had to google Macklemore's spelling...my kids said it would be embarrassing for me to see him live.  (Embarrassing to whom I don't know -- I like him.)

One day you will want to see one of your old favs in concert, and will be thrilled to be surrounded by your contemporaries. 

And you'll be glad they weren't murdered.

doublecheese
doublecheese

@leftocenter I had to google Macklemore.  Never heard of him.  I'm 36, and John Lennon is overrated.  His assassination was the best thing ever for his legacy (obviously not the best thing for him personally).  Same goes for Kennedy.

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