It’s one of many details in the insightful new documentation, MLK / FBI, this should be a wake-up call to what white America thought of King in his day – and what white America thought of the social uprisings that are taking place today.
Although the full extent of the FBI’s extensive surveillance records will not be released until February 2027 at the earliest, MLK / FBI relies on newly released documents to show how office architect J. Edgar Hoover tried to use his findings to undermine support for King. (In an interview, former FBI chief James Comey called this period “the darkest part of the bureau’s history.”)
The film – which one [came] On Friday, January 15, King’s 92nd birthday and just before MLK day, viewers are taken through the troubled relationship between King and the FBI. In the mid to late 1950s, when King first appeared on the agency’s radar, the FBI didn’t seem to be very interested in him. However, his agents began to pay more attention in 1962 when King approached lawyer, accountant, and “unsung hero of the civil rights movement” Stanley Levison, who had previously shown communist sympathies – an uncrossable red line at the time. That relationship convinced the FBI to step up its surveillance efforts, and resulted in the only major filth it ever unearthed on King that is widely known today: his serial break. […]
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“However, I believe in aristocracy – if that is the right word and if a democrat is allowed to use it. Not an aristocracy of power based on rank and influence, but an aristocracy of the sensitive, the considerate and the brave. Its members are found in all nations and classes and through the centuries, and there is a secret understanding between them when they meet. They represent true human tradition, the only lasting victory of our strange race over cruelty and chaos. Thousands of them die in the dark, some of them big names. They are sensitive to others as well as themselves, they are considerate without being fussy, their courage is not sophisticated but the strength to endure, and they can endure a joke. “
~~ EM Forster, Two applause for democracy (1936-1951)
BLAST FROM THE PAST
That day at Daily Kos in 2009– From this minute the Bush administration is effectively ended:
It’s 5:00 p.m. in the eastern time zone, which includes Washington DC. 5:00 p.m. is the standard end of the working day. It’s Friday, the end of the week. Monday is a federal holiday so the bulk of federal employees will not be working. On Tuesday, President-elect Barack Obama will become President Barack Obama, our nation’s 44th President.
Some White House staff will remain busy for the next few days. Certainly there are Bush officers in defense, foreign policy and homeland security who will – and should – remain on call or at their desks until Tuesday. There might still be some nighttime activities going on with some legal staff. But in terms of policy formulation, implementation, and enforcement, the Bush administration is practically over by then.
It was exhausting, it was crazy, most of the time, angry and often embarrassing and even embarrassing for our administration to be led by George W. Bush and his administration. But we held out. The land is damaged but not destroyed. President Obama and the Democratic people, the massive and professional civil service, and especially the American people, have much work and struggle ahead of them to restore the honor, prestige, respect, security, prosperity and opportunity to our country.
We are all up to this challenge. But before we get into that, let us take a deep breath, and if you tend to do so today or later tonight, raise your glass and toast the effective end of George W. Bush’s administration and presidency.