Yes Mi Irieites,
We are only less than 3 hours away to commemorate one of the world’s most notorious events; the tragic assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States of America.
I was 7 years old when this incident took place and I remember it clearly as if it was only yesterday. As a matter of fact, every now and again I try to compare any other atrocity that surpasses or even came close to the impact this incident had on the world. To reiterate my point, with no disrespect, not even Neil Armstrong’s landing on the moon, the 9/11 Twin Towers, the death of Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Bob Marley or even John Lennon came close to how devastated and shocked the world was at that time.
To many from the black diaspora Kennedy was recognised as a symbol of hope and the first real step towards racial equality and liberation, despite the missiles crisis of Cuba and the Cold War with the USSR. Even Jamaicans residing all the way in England were shook up on hearing the news.
As the repeated images are now all deeply etched in our minds over and over again for the past 50 years, we have been led to believe that it was one lone crazed gunman; a far cry from the story Oliver Stone unfolded in his 1991 released film.
So does the Kennedy curse continue? So many incidents have happened since his death, the murder of his brother Bobby (1968), the car crash of Ted Kennedy in Mass (1969), and much more recently, the tragic death of John-John Junior (1999). Yet the memories of what happened 50 years overshadows them all.
One thing for sure, the world will be keeping this incident alive for the next 50 years and beyond.
And to our elderly fans out there… send some info on where you were and what you are doing at the time when this news happened. It would be interesting to know how well your memory serves you.