Time to Tell on Co-Intel(The Dark Side of Black History)by Minister Paul Scott
I just wanted to pass this information on to the DHP Board, In regards to a very informative article by Minister Paul Scott, On, The Co-Intel Pro(Counter Intelligence Program founded by J.Edgar Hoover in 1956), Which was setup to Demolish the positive spirit in the community, Along with the communities ties with The Nation of Islam,The Black Panthers,SCLC(Founded by Martin Luther
King in 1957, In Atlanta,Georgia),SNCC,(Which was founder by Ella Baker in 1960 at Shaw University in Raleigh,North Carolina, But, SNCC was Led to even greater highs when, H.Rap Brown and Stokely Carmichael/Rip(Kwame
Ture), Were the leaders of SNCC, In the late 60's to mid 70's,Core,(Founded by James Farmer in 1942),The Nation Urban League(Which was led by Whitney M.Young in 1961 to 1971 in New York), NAACP(Which was led by Roy Wilkens in 1955).
How in the world is a black radio station gonna pump a
commercial during Black History Month sponsored by an
agency that either spied on or tried to assassinate
the very people whom we are celebrating ?
Or maybe that question is rhetorical based on the fact
that most of their under 30 year old listeners
probably wouldn't know J. Edgar Hoover from Jay Z.
Every Black History Month we get a rosie view of the
Civil Rights /Black Power Era. A bunch of Black folks
got together and started praying, marching and singing
until they finally showed the white power structure
the error of their ways. After that, toilets were
desegregated, schools were integrated and Black folks
got the right to vote.
Also, the leaders of the movement, with the rare
exception of a few who, unfortunately were killed by
some poor misguided souls, went on to head nonprofit
organizations or became college professors. And they
all lived happily ever after...
What is rarley talked about is the well orchestrated,
diabolical way that federal agencies along with their
local and state cohorts developed programs to destroy
anyone who dared to challenge the powers that be...
If you went to the dictionary and looked up "oxymoron"
one of the examples they would use is the FBI and
Black History. The organization under its director, J.
Edgar Hoover, conducted campaigns to destroy Black
leadership dating as far back as the early 20th
century with the surveillance of Marcus Garvey and WEB
Later, the FBI formed something called COINTELPRO
(counter intelligence program) in which they led a
vicious campaign against many activists of all races
under the guise of preventing the Communist
infiltration of America. The program was especially
vicious against Civil Rights and Black Power activists
of the 60's and early 70's, as one of the stated goals
of the program was to prevent the rise of a Black
messiah who could electrify and unite the Black
COINTELPRO was instrumental in implementing programs
to destroy Black leaders, as well as their movements,
ranging from Rev. Martin Luther King Jr, Kwame Ture
(Stokley Carmichael), Malcolm X to the Black Panther
Party. Even the wife of Dr. King, Coretta Scott King ,
was spied on for years after Dr. King's assassination.
While some my say that talking about the evils of the
FBI is dwelling on the past, it is crucial, need to
know information for a generation whose members are
caught in "the trap" but don't know how they got there
nor how to get out.
One of the things that we do not do in the Black
community is connect the dots. We have not been
effective in showing our children how the past is
connected to the present in very real and substantive
ways. So the young rappers of today don't understand
how the drug dealin' and gang bangin' of today is
tied to the COINTELPRO program of yesterday. They do
not understand that the societal issues of the absence
of Black leadership, drugs in the Black community and
the high incarceration rates of Black males are not by
accident but are part of a well designed program that
was meant to produce the very conditions in which we
find ourselves in 2008.
Do we really believe that the same agency that wiped
out the Black Panther Party in just a few years can't
stop drugs from coming into tha 'hood, if they really
wanted to ?
It is sad that 99% of the kids who are reppin' the
"stop snitching" movement have no real understanding
of the role that paid informants played in causing the
deaths of leaders such as Malcolm X and Fred Hampton
So, without this knowledge of history, it is possible
to have FBI Black History commercials being played in
heavy rotation without one person even sayin'
Why don't we teach our young people this dark side of
Black history ? Is it that we don't think that it is
important or is it that COINTELPRO had such a
devistating effect on the older generation that even
today they are terrified to even mention the
At some point we have to start giving our children
this information in order to give them the historic
context in which to change their patterns of behavior.
We have to replace their Hip Hop magazines with books
like "Racial Matters" and "The FBI File on Black
America" by Kenneth O'Reilly. We must replace their
gun totin', booty shakin' videos with videos like "The
FBI's Secret War On Black America." And we must
replace their Souljah Boy CD's with lectures by our
Black leaders like Dhoruba Bin Wahad and the late
Kwame Ture who knew first hand the evils of COINTELPRO
and had the courage to reveal the truth.
I doubt if the "dope boys" and "trap boys" would
continue their current activities if they really knew
that the FBI, SWAT and the other "Alphabet Boys" that
they rap about really have spelled D.E.A.T.H. for the
Min. Paul Scott's blog is
http://www.nowarnin gshotsfired. com He can be reached
at (919) 451-8283 info@nowarningshots fired.com