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50 Years ago, a horrible tragedy occurred where one of our most powerful and influential leaders was taken from us prematurely. By no means is it fair to say that only men are assassinated, however, when I pondered this earlier this morning, I had to pause when I thought about many of our most powerful and influential leaders in our country’s demise.
First, paying respects to President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, who 50 years ago was murdered in cold blood in Dallas, Texas. Still to this day, conspiracy theorists advocate a complex plot that lead to his death. Such that one lone gunman could not fire three shots in that brief amount of time, with the necessary accuracy, and that the President’s body would not react in the ways that it did during the shots’ impact. Regardless of your beliefs about how JFK was assassinated, this was a horrible tragedy that should be condemned. The sad part is that this practice is common in our country’s history.
I was overwhelmed when I started to think of some of our most prominent leaders of our time, Abraham Lincoln, (nearly Ronald Reagan), Martin Luther King, Malcolm X (El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz), Medgar Evers, and more recently activists/artists like Tupac Shukur and Christopher Wallace (Notorious B.I.G.) were gunned down via gun violence. Regardless of how you feel about these individuals’ political views, lifestyles, etc., it appears that once a man reaches the pinnacle of his career and or his potential for power, the hate that exists around him is so intense, that it eventually ends in gun violence and death. Is it because of jealousy, envy, greed, or something else? What do you think?