Hampton's death wasn't just another police murder. Even more than MLK or Malcolm X, Hampton's murder might be the most important black assassination in US history. Here's why:
See, bruh, you're already wrong.
But he wasn't gonna fuck around and end up dead.
Ohio State is #1. My aunt graduated from there and someone once called her a "buckeye," in front of me. I was gonna kicked their ass until she explained what they meant. It still sounds racist to me. )
Thousands of black people in Lowndes County and all over AL registered. When the SNCC's president decided to run for Congress, the young organizer took over the SNCC.
In October 29, 1966, he visited Berkeley College and met with a group of students who held the same ideas.
THAT'S when they became the Black Panthers.
THAT'S why they say "Black Power."
White people were like: "Nah, we can't have this."
They KNEW Fred Hampton was different.
In a SINGLE YEAR, he had 500 members.
If this sounds like hype, consider this:
-the FBI had already opened up a file on him A YEAR EARLIER. -His phone had been tapped for 9 months.
-he had been designated as a "key leader" on the FBI's "agitator index" for 5 months
In six months, he had brokered a nonaggression pact with every gang in Chicago. He was teaching gang members the law. He upset the city hospitals when convinced doctors to volunteer and give FREE medical care.
But this isn't why he was dangerous.
But this isn't why he was dangerous.
In 1968 Fred had an idea. He convinced the Chicago gangs to pool their money and start supporting black candidates.
6 months before his death, the charismatic Hampton organized the Conference for the United Front Against Fascism. Calling the conglomerate the “Rainbow Coalition,” the group included black gangs, Puerto Rican gangs and others.
A few hundred people showed up.
But that wasn't why Hampton was dangerous.
(I know you're thinking: Just say it, nigga!")
But here is why this was a problem:
Fred was creating a national coalition for armed resistance against racism. It would be the next phase in the Civil Rights Movement, so here's what happened:
Well as soon as he joined, the FBI hired an informant named William O'Neal. Oneal agreed to infiltrate the BPP. He eventually became Hampton's bodyguard.
How did that happen?
Meanwhile, back in Chicago, SOMEONE *cough* O'Neal instigated an attack on the police. Even though Fred was literally halfway across the country cops blamed him
No one was ever charged with his death.
They were like a not-racist Bonnie & Clyde*
One night they got an idea that only white people would get.
They broke INTO an FBI building
The papers revealed the existence of the FBI's counterintelligence program. THIS is how we know that COINTELPRO was a real thing.
In those 1000s of pages, were revelations that Mark O'neal had slipped a powerful drug into Fred Hampton's food that night.
In those files was a map of the apartment where Fred Hampton was killed drawn by O'Neal
But here's the coolest fucking thing of all
They literally disappeared into the ether.
On the night of the burglary, they called and made this statement:
1. the nature and extent of surveillance and intimidation carried on by this office of the FBI, particularly against groups and individuals working for a more just, humane and peaceful society.
3. The extent of illegal practices by the FBI, such as eavesdropping, entrapment, and the use of provocateurs and informers."
Hold on, goddammit! You know I'm long-winded.
One was a physics professor. He was the mastermind.
Another was John's wife. Another disappeared for 43 years
But you would know John.
John was a pastor and a professor at Temple. John was the one who called the press and gave that statement. He has a Wikipedia page
John was a motherfucking G.
John's wife was an activist too. They even took "protest trips" to the South to fight racism. But now he and his wife had kids, it was too dangerous and violent.
He knew it sounded crazy. There was no way for him to prove it.
Davidon was a motherfucking genius who also believed the government was spying on activist. Davidon was from Chicago and he didn't work at Temple. So how did he know John?
They attended & pledged solidarity to the United Front Against Fascism
COINTELPRO killed Fred Hampton but Fred Hampton Killed COINTELPRO.