8 min readDec 7, 2018

The FBI War Against Black Americans

After the 1963 March on Washington King’s most famous speech, FBI Assistant Director William Sullivan, head of the Intelligence Division, told J Edgar Hoover about a plan to target Dr. King Jr. that would Hoover “if handled properly, [could] take him off his pedestal… the Negroes will be left without a national leader of sufficiently compelling personality to steer them in the proper direction.”

If you are trying to prevent black people from moving in the right direction, you are oppressing them. This is clear evidence of the war against black Americans and black movements that tried to uplift their communities.

The FBI listed documented a plan on how they would wage war against Black Americans who fought for equality.

One line said.

Prevent the rise of a ‘messiah’ who could unify and electrify the militant black nationalist movement.”

The document added,

“Malcolm X might have been such a ‘messiah’… . Martin Luther King, Stokely Carmichael, and [Nation of Islam leader] Elijah Muhammed [sic] all aspire to this position … . King could be a very real contender for this position should he abandon his supposed ‘obedience’ to ‘white, liberal doctrines’ (nonviolence).”

  1. Assassinating Key Leaders. Bombing black churches and homes of leaders.
  2. Sending false stories to the newspapers, journalists, and media to discredit them. Ruin their reputation so they will lose support from the white and black community.Sending false stories to the newspapers, journalists, and media to discredit them. Ruin their reputation so they will lose support from the white and black community.
  3. Divide and Conquer. The goal of the FBI was to cause gang violence between the Black organizations and gangs and to create different frictions inside the black community.

3. Using tax investigations to drain the resources and harass activists.

4. Raiding the offices with guns and initiating shoot outs.

5. Framing and arresting leaders on false charges etc.

These are all acts of war, to destroy a people.

More can be read below.

One of the FBI documents that shows how to destroy black organizations and black leaders said;

“Prevent the COALITION of militant black nationalist groups. In unity there is strength; a truism that is no less valid for all its triteness. An effective coalition of black nationalist groups might be the first step toward a real “Mau Mau” [Black revolutionary army] in America, the beginning of a true black revolution.”

This explains why the FBI has tried to stop black political organizations and black gangs from uniting together. After the 1992 Bloods and Crips truce, (which Tupac Shakur was involved with)Los Angeles police wanted to keep the gang war going. One member of the Crips, named Crip Cal, talked about how the police pulled him over, arrested him, took his car, and did a drive by against the Bloods. The police did this to make it seem like the Crips committed the drive-by. This was done to keep the gang war going and gun violence in the black community going. (To here is account,click video below and skip to 1 hr and 11 min and watch until the 1 hr and 13 min and 22 second minute mark) 1:11–1:13:22.

The Los Angeles police used the divide and conquer tactics back in the 60’s as well. They started a program to cause violence between the Black Panther Party and a black political organization called U.S. or United Slaves. The LAPD credited their divide and conquer program for shootings and beatings between the two groups.

Shootings, beatings and a high degree of unrest continues to prevail in the ghetto area of southeast San Diego. Although no specific counterintelligence action can be credited with contributing to this overall situation, it is felt that a substantial amount of the unrest is directly attributable to this program.”

The FBI used the divide and conquer tactics against the leadership in the Black Panther Party. The FBI sent false messages to divide them. An anonymous letter was sent to Black Panther Party Leader,Eldridge Cleaver to cause dissension between him and other party members.

In 1969, two of the biggest gangs in Chicago, united to stop the violence that was plaguing the black community. David Barksdale, leader of the Disciple Nation and Larry Hoover, leader of the Gangster Nation, joined to form one organization. They worked towards the same economic mission of Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, and the Black Panthers. This was, “doing for self” and controlling the economy of the neighborhood. When they formed the gangs into one, they began changing the community for the better. They opened up businesses, restaurants, community clean up programs, and advocated against truancy, and pushed for voter registration drives.The gangs were given two centers in the community. Larry Hoover operated a free lunch program to feed youth in the community. They even marched nonviolently with Dr. King, when he was trying to end housing discrimination in Chicago. Other gangs such as the Vice Lords opened up a ice cream store for teens, a recreation center, and ran after school programs. Gang members of Chicago started getting involved in politics. Chicago gangs even marched nonviolently with Dr. King, when he was trying to end housing discrimination in Chicago in 1966. The unity and activism of the gangs was one of the fears of the FBI.

In 1968, Fred Hampton, a Black Panther Party Leader for the Chicago chapter, worked to establish a truce between the black panthers and the notorious street gang called the Black P Stone Rangers. In order to prevent this unification, the FBI sent an anonymous letter to Jeff Fort, the leader of the Black P Stone Rangers. The letter was implicating that Fred Hampton and the Black Panthers had a “hit out” for Jeff Fort. This was done to cause gang wars like the FBI documents stated. The FBI would recruit a black man named William O’Neal to infiltrate the black Panthers. O’Neal would give the FBI the floor plan of Hampton’s bedroom. Not only did he provide the FBI with the floor plan of Hampton’s residence, he drugged him the night he was supposed to be killed. That night on December 4, 1969, the Chicago police raided the Black Panther headquarters, killing Fred Hampton in his sleep as well as Mark Clark.

In a 1993 Rolling Stones interview, the rapper Tupac Shakur stated how he believed there wouldn’t be so much violence in our communities had the FBI let the Panthers work towards their mission. The war on the Black Panthers and black gangs started about 50 years ago. Imagine what our communities would have looked like had the American government not tried to sabotage the liberation and independence of black people. Imagine how our different our inner cities would be if these black organizations like the Black Panthers were left in peace and continued to do what they were doing for over 50 years. They opened black businesses in our community, got into politics, policed and regulated our own community, feeding impoverished youth, and working to end gun violence. Think of all the lives and wealth that were stolen from the black community when they got rid of that leadership and movement.

Over 20 years later, Kanye West would work to bring back this leadership. Accompanied with NFL hall of famer/activist Jim Brown, and Larry Hoover’s Lawyer, met with Donald Trump. In the meeting he advocated for the release of Larry Hoover from prison. He spoke about Hoover’s impact in Chicago and said,

“Really, the reason why they imprisoned him, is because he started doing positive for the community. He started showing that he actually had power. That he wasn’t just one of a monolithic voice, that he could wrap people around.”

Later in the Whitehouse meeting, Kanye would say,

“So I believe he’s what — you say don’t tear down the statues? Larry Hoover is a living statue. He’s a beacon for us, that needs to see his family, that needs to go out and represent. When you have a block leader on every single block, they can own the block. That’s something I learned from Jim Brown, from Amer-I-Can”

War on Drugs Link

Beginning in the late 80’s Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam were able to find a solution to the gun violence and drug trade that affected black neighborhoods all over America. Farrakhan was able to go to war zones in America and create a cease fire thus protecting women and children from violence. He and the Nation of Islam accomplished this through their patrol team called, “Dope Busters.”

Violence in the community decreased and they received support from black residents. They were succeeding at winning the war on drugs. They also received funding to continue their efforts, but the Jewish organization called the Anti Defamation League(ADL), sabotaged this movement. They held a hearing in Congress to get the Nation of Islam’s community patrol out of black communities, thus continuing the destruction of the black community. The War on Drugs, as well as the gun violence that Farrakhan worked to solve, still occurs to this day.

There is also evidence such as eye witness interviews from detectives and 4000 page FBI documents that may suggest that the FBI helped murder the rapper and activist Tupac Shakur. His family was under surveillance and being harassed by the FBI since before he was born. This was because Tupac was the son of Afeni Shakur, a prominent leader in the Black Panther Party. It was reported that Tupac was under surveillance leading up to the night he was killed. For more information on the assassination of Tupac Shakur by law enforcement click here.

Today black Americans are still being targeted, harassed, and killed by the government for speaking up and protesting against the injustice that they face. In 2017 the FBI put out a 12 page report, called the “Black Identity Extremist.” They detail how black people who speak up against police brutality will be labeled a terrorist and treated as such. The FBI conducted one house raid so far. Since the rise of Black Lives Matter, activists have been placed under surveillance by the FBI and kidnapped by the police. The same tactics used against our grandparents generation is still being used against black people now.