How the FBI attacked students in the 1960s USA


This video from the USA is called Clips of Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael) and H Rap Brown Speaking At The Free Huey Rally 1968 (for Black Panther Huey Newton, then in jail)

From the Independent series about activists in the USA:

Stokely Carmichael

1968

Kwame Ture – known until the late 1970s as Stokely Carmichael – was arrested while pressing for the right of African-Americans to vote in the South. Elected chairman of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee, the FBI sought to silence and discredit him.

When I was an organiser in Greenwood, Mississippi, [SNCC organiser] Bob Moses informed me that I should report the beatings, the shootings, and the burnings to the FBI. But I didn’t want to waste my time. They never did anything with the reports. And we saw the FBI exactly for what it was. We saw its racism. We saw its defence of segregated policies. At first, we would present the facts to the FBI. But we learnt that it would endanger the local person who saw it.

Whatever we told the FBI, its agents told the local police. But nothing the FBI did stopped us from organising. Later, when I had disputes with SNCC, the FBI manipulated them to wreak havoc on us. I can remember when it spread three rumours about me at the same time: I bought a $70,000 house; I ran away to Africa ; I was a CIA agent. It had informers in every city and every organisation. All the FBI had to do was send out one memorandum, and overnight a rumour was dropped everywhere, and it appeared to be the truth: “It is also suggested that we inform a certain percentage of reliable criminal and racial informants that ‘we heard from reliable sources that Carmichael is a CIA agent’.

It is hoped that these informants would spread the rumour in various large Negro communities across the land.” You really can’t fight this. How can you go to every large city and say, “It’s not true. The FBI said it.” You can’t. Some people in SNCC actually believed all that about me. We were unified against local southern sheriffs and the Ku Klux Klan. But the FBI was able to split us on every conceivable issue with their channels to the press and their informants inside our organisation.

Racism in the USA today: here.

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