FBI honors MLK in death after trying to destroy him in life

The statue memorial for Martin Luther King Jr. in West Potomac Park, Washington D.C. (Photo credit: Shutterstock.com / Atomazul)

Social media is looking askance at the Federal Bureau of Investigation for honoring Martin Luther King Jr. in death after a mountain of evidence proves the agency tried mightily to destroy King while he was alive.

History buffs will recall that during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s J. Edgar Hoover, the former FBI director, unleashed something called “Counterintelligence Program� aka COINTELPRO, that was designed to neutralize King and “prevent the rise of a Black messiah� who could unify the Black masses.

Additionally, Hoover’s boss, attorney general Robert F. Kennedy of the Justice Department, signed off on Hoover spying on King with the knowledge and approval of President John F. Kennedy.

Therefore, many Twitter users are indignant that the FBI would proffer platitudes at the very man the bureau targeted for destruction. Eventually, according to books such as The FBI and Martin Luther King, author Clayborn Carson’s Malcolm X: FBI Files and Bobby and J. Edgar, COINTELPRO expanded to undermine multiple black activists and groups, including Malcolm X, the Black Panther Party and even the NAACP, Urban League, CORE, SNCC and other sympathizers.

One of the most poignant moments of the movement happened when King was notified he would be honored with the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. The FBI sent King this letter detailing his alleged marital indiscretions and suggested strongly that he should off himself before he would be exposed.

Because of the FBI’s past dealings with King and others, for which there has never been a public apology, Twitter users took off on the FBI.

Terry Shropshire

Terry Shropshire

A military veteran and Buckeye State native, I’ve written for the likes of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Business Chronicle and the Detroit Free Press. I’m a lover of words, photography, books, travel, animals and The Ohio State Buckeyes. #GoBucks

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