Black Men: Ever Feel Like You’re Being Targeted???
“Woe to you…because you build tombs for the prophets, and it was your ancestors who killed them! So you testify that you approve of what your ancestors did, they killed the prophets, and you build their tombs!” – Jesus, to the Pharisees of the Jewish Ruling Council. Luke 11:47
Target 1: Martin Luther King
Killed: April 4, 1968
Location of Assassination: The Lorraine Motel. Memphis, Tennessee
Age when killed: 39
“When he was awarded the Noble Peace Prize he became in the mid-1960′s an international figure, a person of serious stature whose voice, his opinions, on other issues than just the plight of black people in the South became very significant world-wide. He commanded world-wide attention as few had before him. As a successor, if you will, to Mahatmas Gandhi in terms of the movement for social change through civil disobedience. So that’s where he was moving. Then in 1967, April 4, 1967, one year to the day before he was killed, he delivered the momentous speech at Riverside Church in New York where he opposed the war.” – Attorney Dr. William Pepper in the 1998 case of King v. Jowers.
Do you know who killed Martin Luther King? If you said James Earl Ray, you’re incorrect. Don’t feel bad, though. This bit of dis-information has been force-fed down our throats for a reason, to keep our eyes off of the true culprits.
According to the most recent court case regarding the death of Martin Luther King, the 1999 civil case of King v. Jowers, Martin Luther King’s killer was Memphis Police Department Lieutenant Earl Clark. According this case, he worked with the FBI, the Memphis police department, a mob representative named Frank Liberto, and a store owner named Lloyd Jowers to have King killed and James Earl Ray arrested as a patsy.
The King family never bought the idea of James Earl Ray as the killer. They knew that King was targeted by Hoover and COINTELPRO, so when the organization became known to the public in 1971 (after two activists broke into a government office and stole COINTELPRO documents) and the documents regarding King were released to the public, they knew that it was just a matter of proving it in court. They always suspected….but how did they really know?
First, they knew that Martin Luther King would be killed for his opposition to the Vietnam War. On April 4, 1967, exactly one year before he was killed, King publicly opposed the Vietnam War for the first time in a speech at the Riverside Church in New York City. In that speech, he declared that “There comes a time where silence is betrayal” and from that point forward he began rallying Americans to oppose the war in Vietnam, eight years before the fighting ended in Saigon. In a 1999 transcript of the King family’s wrongful death suit against Lloyd Jowers, his lawyer, William Pepper said this:
When Martin King opposed the war, when he rallied people to oppose the war, he was threatening the bottom lines of some of the largest defense contractors in this country. This was about money. When he threatened to bring that war to a close through massive popular opposition, he was threatening the bottom lines of some of the largest construction companies, one of which was in the State of Texas; that patronized the Presidency of Lyndon Johnson and had the major construction contracts at Cam Ran Bay in Vietnam. This is what Martin King was challenging. He was challenging the weapons industry, the hardware, the armament industries, that all would lose as a result of the end of the war.
Forget about democracy, forget about any ideology. This opposition to Martin King, this growing enmity to him, was based on money and the loss of money. The second aspect of his work that also dealt with money that caused a great deal of consternation in the circles of power in this land had to do with his commitment to take a massive group of people to Washington and there to encamp them in the shadow of the Washington memorial for as long as it took. For as long as it took, they would make daily trips to the halls of Congress and they would try to compel the Congress to act, as they had previously acted in terms of civil rights legislation, now to act in terms of social legislation.
When you consider the power that Martin Luther King had in the years before his death, and the opposition that already existed to the Vietnam War before 1967, you can see how Attorney Pepper’s argument begins to make a lot of sense. Remember Dr. King had won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. Of course, ending the war wasn’t King’s only goal. A bit later, Pepper brings up his next issue, the re-distribution of wealth in America.
Now, he begin to talk about a redistribution of wealth, in this the wealthiest country in the world that had such a large group of poor people, of people living then and now, by the way, in poverty. That problem had to be addressed. And it wasn’t a black-and-white problem. This was a problem that dealt with Hispanics, and it dealt with poor whites as well. That is what he was taking on. That’s what he was challenging.
The powers in this land believed he would not be successful. Why did they believe that? They believed that because they knew that the decision-making processes in the United States had by that point in time, and today it is much worse in my view, but by that point in time had so consolidated power that they were the representatives, the foot soldiers, of the economic — the very economic interests who were going to suffer as a result of these times of changes. So the very powerful lobbying forces that put their people in the halls of Congress and indeed in the White House itself and controlled them, paid and bought them and controlled them, were certainly not going to agree to the type of social legislation that Martin King and his mass of humanity were going to require.
So there was a fear. What happens when they are frustrated? What happens when they don’t get any satisfaction? What would happen? They feared, the military feared, that there would be a violent rebellion in the nation’s capital. And they didn’t have the troops that could contain half a million angry poor alienated Americans. They didn’t have the troops. Westmoreland wanted another two hundred thousand in Vietnam. They didn’t have them to give to him. They didn’t have them. They were afraid that mob would overrun the capital. They were afraid that what Mr. Jefferson had urged many, many times, that the body politic can only be cleansed by a revolution every twenty years.
They were afraid that Mr. Jefferson would be listened to and that that revolution would take place. Because of that, those factors, Martin King was not going to be allowed, not going to be allowed to bring that group of people to Washington. So that’s the reason for the hostility. He saw Memphis as part and parcel of the overall problem, as a microcosm. He saw the plight of the garbage workers here as being symptomatic of the pervasive sickness of American society.
So that explains why the U.S. government was compelled to have King “neturalized”, but how? How did the King family know that James Earl Ray didn’t shoot King? And how do we know that the government was complicit in his death? Sadly, they couldn’t take this to criminal trial, because the Federal government can’t indict itself. So the King family sued Lloyd Jowers, an elderly man by the 1990s, for Wrongful Death and let the truth come out in court. Here are the facts presented.
For one, the security that was ordered to protect King was called off. Two black firemen, the only two Black firemen working at the Memphis fire station closest to King, were relocated to another station on the day of his death. Detective Ed Redditt, whose duty it was to survey the area around King’s motel, testified that he was told that there was a threat on his´life (within an hour of King’s assassination) and he was told to return to his home immediately. He did and he never heard of the threat again.
Secondly, there was a tremendous amount of evidence that shows that the bathroom where James Earl Ray allegedly shot King was not the true scene of the crime. According to court testimony, the crime scene was not the place Ray allegedly shot King from, but the back area of a rooming house that Jowers allowed Liberto and Lieutenant Clark access to; minutes before King was assassinated. The area was heavy with bushes, and had a direct line of sight to the Lorraine Motel, where King was killed.
Martin Luther King at the Lorraine Hotel
Even more, Memphis public works administrator Maynard Stiles was ordered by Inspector Sam Evans to clear the bushes from the back area of the rooming house the day after King’s assassination. From that point forward, the area would not be seen as a possible crime scene because the bushes would no longer cover the sniper shooting. Evans ordered Stiles to do this LESS THAN 24 HOURS AFTER THE SHOOTING! This directly opposite to how any other crime scene would be handled. This isn’t the only information that was suppressed. There are not only massive amounts of evidence and testimony pointing to the boarding house as the crime scene, but the FBI actually suppressed information that would have proven Ray’s innocence in the shooting. Pepper continues to say:
What else was suppressed? What was suppressed was the fact that they had a scientific report from the FBI that the dent in the window sill could not sufficiently be tied to the rifle. They had that. They had that almost a year prior to the actual guilty plea hearing. And yet they went before the guilty plea jury and said that scientific evidence would establish that the murder weapon made that dent. Obstruction of justice, suppression? That and worse.
What about the death slug that could not be matched? You know, the media and the State have turned the burden in this case of matching the bullet to the rifle the other way around. They are saying [that] because you can’t exclude it, it may be the murder weapon. That’s not the way it works. In any other case that’s not the way it works.
This isn’t all. After King’s shooting, the first person to check King’s vital signs, according to Pepper, was a military operative! In John Potash’s book, The FBI War on Tupac Shakur and Black Leaders: US Intelligence’s Murderous Targeting of Tupac, MLK, Malcolm, Panthers, Hendrix, Marley, Rappers and Linked Ethnic Leftists, he writes the following:
Martin Luther King’s family attorney, William Pepper, extensively documented revelations on the role of undercover infiltrator, Military Intelligence agent Merrell McCullough in Martin Luther King’s assassination. McCullough disclosed how he raced to and knelt over Martin Luther King as he lay bleeding from the fatal shooting.
Pepper noted that McCollough was “apparently checking him for life signs,” making sure the assassination was successful and signaling to Military Intelligence that “the army snipers there as backup shooters [weren’t needed as]…the contract shooter [hadn’t]…failed to kill King.” They then communicated to the Special Force Group snipers, who were waiting for their shooting orders, that they could disengage.
All of this information led to a verdict in favor of the King family, where the FBI took responsibility for Martin Luther King’s death. Why don’t we learn about this in school? Because the FBI still doesn’t feel as if there’s enough proof given to exonerate Ray. In a Department of Justice report from the Civil Rights Division’s Criminal Section they declared that the allegations were “not credible”. In their report, which can be found in its entirety on the DOJ website, they said the following:
We found no reliable evidence to support Jowers’ allegations that he conspired with others to shoot Dr. King from behind Jim’s Grill. In fact, credible evidence contradicting his allegations, as well as material inconsistencies among his accounts and his own repudiations of them, demonstrate that Jowers has not been truthful. Rather, it appears that Jowers contrived and promoted a sensational story of a plot to kill Dr. King.
To be fair, you can’t expect the FBI to indict itself in its own system. Read the full court transcripts and the official DOJ report and decide for yourself.
Target 2: Malcolm X
Killed: February 21, 1965
Location of Assassination: Audubon Ballroom (Manhattan, New York)
Age when killed: 39
“He felt by internationalizing the problem, by helping the Africans and in turn, the African helping us to get our rights that a Black man, an Afro-American, or an African could go all over the face of the earth and receive the same dignity, the same respect as any white man.” – Betty Shabazz in an interview shortly after Malcolm X’s death.
“After analyzing these resources, I am convinced that Louis E. Lomax, an industrious African-American journalist who befriended Malcolm X in the late 1950’s, had practically solved the riddle of his assassination.” He believed that Malcolm X was set up for the assassination by a former friend, John Ali, who was an agent/informer for an intelligence agency. Malcolm X had previously commented that Ali had been responsible for his ouster from the NOI. Ali eventually rose to the position of National Secretary of the NOI. Lomax was later killed in an automobile accident (due to brake failure).” – Karl Evans, staff writer for the Washington Post and author of The Judas Factor.
Malcolm X was killed by assassin’s bullets on February 21, 1965. His death, ironic as it may be, came before a meeting for his Organization of Afro-American Unity (or OAAU. Three Nation of Islam members, Thomas Hagan (also known as Talmadge Hayer), Kahlil Islam, and Muhammad Abul Aziz were convicted for Malcolm X’s murder due to eyewitness testimony. According to Hagan, Malcolm X was killed due to his inflammatory comments to their leader, Elijah Muhammad. Open and shut case, right?
First thing you have to know is that Thomas Hagan was the only alleged assailant to confess to killing Malcolm X. Muhammad Abul Aziz maintains his innocence to this day, and Kahlil Islam did the same until his death in 2009.
FBI Agent John Ali formally announcing the suspension of Malcolm X
Second thing to understand is that the Nation of Islam was heavily infiltrated by the FBI by the time Malcolm X became a target. In fact, they were infiltrated long before then. In 1958, when New York police officers shot up Malcolm X’s office, a nation of Islam member and undercover FBI informant named John Ali provided the floor plan that police officers used to direct their shots. John Ali was LIVING WITH MALCOLM AT THE TIME HE DID THIS! Ali also reportedly played a role in the 1965 firebombing of Malcolm X’s home, and according to FBI documents, John Ali met with Thomas Hagan the night before Malcolm X’s assassination. In the 1960s John Ali was the National Secretary of the Nation of Islam. It was he that formally announced Malcolm X’s suspension from the Nation of Islam.
John Ali wasn’t the only FBI agent that infiltrated the NOI. Gene Roberts, an undercover operative working for the New York police’s Bureau of Special Services (BOSS) successfully infiltrated Malcolm X’s OAAU program. Believe it or not Roberts was Malcolm X’s head of security! Roberts took orders from COINTELPRO operatives per the National Security Act of 1947, which allowed for the FBI to use local police officers for their own operations. He admitted to this in a 1971 trial against the founding members of the New York chapter of the Black Panther party.
March 3, 1971 issue of the Columbia Daily Spectator in which Gene Roberts is listed as an undercover police agent.
Roberts said that he followed Malcolm’s OAAU members into the Black Panther Party and successfully infiltrated the organization. When the Black Panther’s lawyers cross-examined him, he admitted to being present when Malcolm was assassinated, he was the first to arrive at Malcolm’s body, and he proceeded to give “mouth-to-mouth” to the dying man.
He went on to mention that his wife, Joan Roberts, was present in the Audubon Ballroom, and when Malcolm was shot, she held back Betty Shabazz, a nurse, from aiding her husband in his last moments of life. Betty Shabazz threw Joan Roberts against a wall and ran to her husband. Gene Roberts was the first to tell Betty that Malcolm was dead.
In interviews, Malcolm X would always say that he believed the Nation of Islam would kill him. This is known. What isn’t known however, is how Malcolm’s attitude changed when his food was poisoned in Cairo, Egypt when he traveled overseas in July of 1964.
You see, Malcolm X trained the members of the Nation of Islam who wanted to kill him. So he knew what they were capable of. While they could kill him anywhere in New York, maybe even America, he knew that they had no capability of killing him overseas. In John Potash’s book, The FBI War on Tupac Shakur and Black Leaders: US Intelligence’s Murderous Targeting of Tupac, MLK, Malcolm, Panthers, Hendrix, Marley, Rappers and Linked Ethnic Leftists, he writes the following:
At a Cairo restaurant, Malcolm said that just as he felt the poison in his food, he realized that he recognized the waiter as someone he saw in New York. Rushed to the hospital, he was barely saved by a stomach pumping. The attending doctor said there was poison in his food. Malcolm had been concerned about NOI death threats, but he knew that they didn’t have a global spy capacity.
Several other disclosures support Malcolm’s belief that this was a CIA attempt on his life. A high level African diplomat later said that the French Counter-Espionage Department reported that the CIA planned Malcolm’s murder, and France barred Malcolm for the first time in fear of getting scapegoated for the assassination. The FBI Director wrote a confidential memo on Malcolm’s travel plans through Britain and France. He sent it to the CIA Director, the Army Intelligence (Intel) chief, the Naval Intel Director, and the Air Force Counterintel chief, as well as Intel chiefs in London and Paris. One such memorandum on Malcolm and African leaders went directly to the CIA director of covert action, Richard Helms, who had a key role in assassination plots.
More information points to activity beyond the Nation of Islam’s capacity, including cover-up of newspaper reports and the deaths of Nation of Islam members that were coming forward with information.
Potash continues to write:
Police and media’s cover-up actions were extensive. For example, New York’s Herald Tribune and The New York Times reported that just after the shooting of Malcolm, police detained two people that were grabbed by the crowd. A later Herald Tribune edition said the crowd only grabbed one person, without acknowledging their earlier account. The New York Times later edition dropped the second suspect from its subheading, but still quoted Patrolman Thomas Hoy who said that, while one subject was grabbed by Malcolm’s supporters, he grabbed a second suspect being chased by some people. Hoy further said, “the crowd began beating me and the suspect” in the Ballroom. In the following days, no mention was made of the second suspect in the mass of media’s accounts.
The media also largely ignored the circumstances around the death of Malcolm’s close ally, Leon 4X Ameer. Mainstream media alleged that he died of an overdose of sleeping pills less than twenty days after Malcolm’s assassination. This happened just after Leon 4X announced plans to produce tapes and documents proving that the government was responsible for Malcolm X’s assassination.
Oftentimes, people looking to point the finger at the Nation of Islam use Louis Farrakan’s 2000 interview with Mike Wallace of 60 Minutes as ammunition, taking his words as a confession of his and the Nation of Islam’s involvement in Malcolm X’s death. Those truly looking at the facts surrounding his death, can see that Farrakhan as well as many other members of the Nation of Islam were only guilty of allowing operatives to manipulate the course of their organization. They aren’t the only ones.
Target 3: Fred Hampton
Chicago police officers carrying out the body of Fred Hampton from his Monroe Street Apartment after firing 99 bullets into it. #OinkOink
Killed: December 4, 1969 (4:45am)
Location of Assassination: His home apartment (2337 West Monroe Street, Chicago, Illinois)
Age when killed: 21
“We’ve got to face the fact that some people say you fight fire best with fire, but we say you put fire out best with water. We say you don’t fight racism with racism. We’re gonna fight racism with solidarity.” – Fred Hampton
Imagine what Fred Hampton would say about the Chi now….
At the young age of 21, Fred Hampton was the Deputy Chairman of the National Black Panther Party. He was without a doubt, one of the most charismatic leaders to emerge since the deaths of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King. He studied pre-law, taught independent classes on political science, ran a community service program that provided free breakfast, and medical care to community residents, and he was so persuasive, he even got the gangs of Chicago to stop fighting! Imagine that in the present day!
In May of 1969, Hampton held a press conference that announced a formal non-aggression pact, called the Rainbow Coalition, between the Black, Puerto Rican, and poor gangs of Chicago. This term was later made famous by Jesse Jackson. From that moment forward, Hampton became a target of J. Edgar Hoover’s.
Yes….Fred Hampton’s most dangerous enemy was this man. Go figure.
Before the month of May even ended, Hampton was arrested and successfully convicted for stealing $71 worth of ice cream bars from a truck that he allegedly gave away to the youth of Chicago. Hampton was sentenced to 2 to 5 years, but he managed to obtain an appeal bond and he was back on the streets by August and was in line to become the Black Panther Party’s Central Chief of Staff.
In the early hours of December 4, 1969, the night after Hampton taught a political education course in West Chicago, the Chicago police raided the Black Panther’s Monroe Street apartment with a team of fourteen armed officers from Chicago’s Special Prosecutions Unit. They were armed with a search warrant for illegal weapons signed by Cook County State Attorney Ed Hanrahan. They also had detailed floor plan of the Monroe Street apartment thanks to undercover FBI informant William O’Neal, who was working as the Black Panther Party Chicago Chapter’s Chief of Security at the time. This information wasn’t known to the Panthers until 1973.
O’Neal reportedly slipped a sleep agent into Hampton’s drink at his political education class so Hampton wouldn’t wake up during the raid. The drug was so powerful that Hampton fell asleep mid-sentence while on the phone with his mother. O’Neal left the Monroe Street Apartment three hours before the police raid.
At 4:45, after knocking one time, Sergeant Daniel Groth fired into the apartment, immediately killing Mark Clark, the Black Panther on security duty at the time. As a reflex of being shot, Clark fired one bullet from his rifle, the only Black Panther bullet fired during the raid according to a Federal investigation of the incident.
The other 99 bullets fired INTO the Monroe Street Apartment by the Chicago police officers. In the apartment sleeping were Black Panthers Blair Anderson, Doc Satchell, Harold Bell, Verlina Brewer, Louis Truelock, Brenda Harris and Fred Hampton’s girlfriend Deborah Johnson, who was eight months pregnant at the time of the raid.
Hampton, who couldn’t wake up due to the sleeping agent, was initially only wounded in the shoulder by the 99 rounds that went into the apartment. According to Harold Bell and Deborah Johnson’s testimony, Johnson was forced out of the room by two police who had the following conversation over Hampton’s body:
Officer 1: That’s Fred Hampton
Officer 2: Is he dead? Bring him out.
Officer 1: He’s barely alive, he’ll make it.
Officer 2: *fires two shots into Hampton’s head* “He’s good and dead now.”
After executing Hampton, the Chicago police proceeded to arrest the seven raid survivors with Attempted Murder. State Attorney Hanrahan said the following about the officer’s actions in the raid.
“We wholeheartedly commend the police officers bravery, their remarkable restraint and discipline in the face of this vicious Black Panther attack, and we expect every decent citizen of our community to do likewise.”
The police officers claimed that they were engaged in a fierce gun battle with the Panthers, which would justify their actions and the arrest of seven survivors. But the Black Panther Party quickly mobilized with the People’s Law Office, opening the apartment to the public showing and proving that every bullet fired with the exception of Clark’s reflex shot was fired by the Chicago police. Mike Grey quickly worked to create a film, The Murder of Fred Hampton, in 1971 so the public could be made aware of the atrocities committed by the policemen. The families of Hampton and Clark filed a $47.7 million civil suit against the Chicago police, but only after a 13 year trial, the longest civil suit in American history, did the families end up being awarded. They were paid $1.85 million in 1983.
Fred Hampton Jr. was born four weeks later.
No Chicago Police officers were arrested for their actions in the raid.
Is there any wonder why there is a shortage of strong Black men in America!
We now understand that the reason for these actions of the 1960s was simply to continue the systemic removal of the Black American man from his community, and family. The shepherds of the 1960s never grew to be old men, and as a result many young children born in that age fell victim to crime, drugs, and despair. Then those children reproduced, giving birth to the Crack Baby Generation, a generation in which more than 60% of Black American children were born to single-parent households.
This systemic removal has evolved so much over the past fifty years that Black American men of the present day remove themselves from their homes and communities, abandoning their responsibilities as family and community leaders because they’ve never seen Black American men do it before. Nowadays nobody has to “neutralize” Black men, we do it to ourselves! According to the Federal government, 49% of murder victims are Black and a white person with a gun is statistically more likely to shoot himself than a Black person! What does that tell you?
The truth is, we’re killing ourselves. By failing to acknowledge the culture we live in we not only make ourselves victims to the oppression of White Supremacy, but we also contribute to the degradation of Black American culture by removing OURSELVES from our rightful position, the head of the Black American family. It’s been 50 years, since the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 50 years since New York’s “Long, Hot, Summer”, and 50 years since Martin Luther King won the Nobel Peace Prize. It’s about time we start making some more progress.