The Justice Department ultimately won a conviction against Garvey on a dubious mail fraud charge in 1923. Meanwhile, white vigilantes, police and soldiers targeted Black communities with violence during this period, which included the Red Summer of 1919, the Tulsa massacre of 1921 and scores of lynching’s, did not receive the same focused attention from Hoover’s agents.
The FBI used similar tactics to disrupt, discredit and neutralize leaders of the civil rights and anti-war movements of the 1960s. The FBI targeted civil rights leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others specifically to “prevent the rise of a ‘messiah’ who could unify and electrify the militant black nationalist movement” rather than to prevent any violent acts they might perpetrate.
The methods included informant-driven disinformation campaigns designed to spark conflict within the movement, discourage donors and supporters, and even break up marriages. Overt investigative activity was also used, as one stated goal of what was called the COINTELPRO program.
It was used to inspire fear among activists by convincing them that an FBI agent lurked behind every mailbox.
I fear that history is about to repeat itself as the media and the government are getting the public warmed up to the domestic terror laws -citing the rise of White supremacist groups as the reason for the swift police state moves of the Biden administration.
The U.S. government continues to act as judge, jury and executioner over a populace that have been pre-judged and found guilty, stripped of their rights, and left to suffer at the hands of government agents trained to respond with the utmost degree of violence.
Given the government’s tendency to manipulate labels to suit their purposes (case in point: consider how interchangeably the government uses the terms terrorist, extremist and anti-government), that could easily put a target on the back of any American who dares to challenge the government’s agenda or hold it accountable to the rule of law.
This is how “we the people” become enemies of the state.
The ramifications are so far-reaching as to render almost every American an extremist in word, deed, thought or by association.
The main sell of the new Domestic Terror laws is that we need the encroachment of a well-oiled police state to control White supremacists and right wing extremism – but it is a ploy to silence all dissent and just like the pitch that was made in the 1960’s – where the Klan and the Mob were alleged targets it appears that there was a bait and switch and black leaders became the targets.