Fred Hampton: The Assassination of a Black Panther
December 6, 2009 8:48 PM Subscribe
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December 4th, 2009 marked the fortieth anniversary
of the assassination of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton
Among the activities undertaken by the FBI as part of their Counterintelligence Program (COINTELPRO
), the organization of Fred Hampton's assassination by the Chicago Police stands out as one of the most egregious and tragic.
As a charismatic leader and effective organizer, Hampton was an obvious target for J. Edgar Hoover's FBI, which was largely responsible for the dissolution of the black political movement by the 1970s (or, as Michael C. Dawson puts it in his book Black Visions
, the undermining of "the institutional foundation for the black counterpublic" (36)). His death occurred in the middle of the filming of a documentary about his activities as a Black Panther, which became The Murder of Fred Hampton
(Google video link to the full documentary).
Forty years later, Simon Balto hopes that another charismatic black leader from Chicago will pay similar attention to the nation's poor
Also see: the FOIA request of the FBI's documents on Fred Hampton [PDF]
, a collection
of speeches by Fred Hampton, Jr., and the documentary Death of a Black Panther: The Fred Hampton Story
, which features interviews with Hampton's girlfriend Deborah Johnson, police officers involved in the raid, and others.
(Some links reposted with the permission of Mefi user aquathug.)