We’re coming up on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of president John F. Kennedy, Nov 22, 1963, so it’s no surprise that there are lots of books, movies, TV shows, and even commemorative magazines appearing. I was quite young so I have no memories of that day but I’ve heard many others talk about it, the shock, tragedy and scar on the national psyche.
Still, it’s amazing that Gallup reports that the significant majority of Americans still believe that there was more than a lone gunman, Lee Harvey Oswald, involved in the assassination. In fact, 61% of Americans still think so, as this graph demonstrates:
Skepticism peaked both in 1976 and 2001, when 81% of Americans believed that there’d been a conspiracy. Gallup doesn’t dig further to find out if the extra assassins were CIA, Cubans, Russians or aliens who had broken out of Area 51, but after so many decades of research, even the latest “revelations” offer no meaningful, no substantive proof of anyone else being involved.
I don’t think there was a conspiracy, I think Oswald was a lucky shot (well, lucky third shot).
But what about you? Conspiracy, or lone gunman?
And what does this say about our cultural skepticism too?