History is written by the victors- Winston Churchill
This post may come of as a bit of history lesson but I write about things that interest me. Now lets get down to business. I am a fan of movies. Most genres including sci-fi, drama, action, westerns and even the occasional chick flick. I respect Leonardo DiCaprio as an actor. Inception, Titanic, Gangs of New York, The Departed, Shutter Island and Catch Me If You Can are among my favorite movies. Its rarely a movie that DiCaprio stars in that I don’t like. DiCaprio’s latest movie J. Edgaris slated to be released on November 9th. I don’t think I will be seeing this movie despite how much of a movie and history buff that I am. I have issues with J Edgar Hoover.
In case you don’t know who I’m talking about he was the first director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The same organization who has for decades violated the constitutional rights of this country’s citizens. The FBI got its tactics from somewhere and where else should the blame lay besides its first leader.
Hoover headed COINTELPRO which was a counterintelligence program. In the early 50s, the Communist Party was illegal in the United States. Congress set up committees to prosecute communists. When Supreme Court rulings challenged the constitutionality of those committees the FBI’s response was COINTELPRO. You know eventually this program that designed to “neutralize” threats to American security would eventually turn to civil rights and anti-war groups.
COINTELPRO has investigated, disrupted and discredited many well known civil rights leaders including Fred Hampton, Malcom X and Bobby Seal. Or how about the case of Fred Hampton, who was shot twice in the head at point blank range while he slept in his bed next to his pregnant girlfriend (He couldn’t wake because he was drugged by an FBI informant). Hampton was 21 years of age when he was assassinated. Programs like this stunted the civil rights era and caused unnecessary bloodshed and suffering.
J Edgar Hoover even approved wiretapping the telephones of the Martin Luther King Jr. because it was believed that one of King’s closest advisers was a top-level member of the American Communist Party. Smh.
I can’t sit in a movie theater and watch a film glorifying this man. Hollywood has a tendency to portray real life villains as heroes or at the very least not as they were in actuality. Examples being John Rolfe, Abraham Lincoln, Robert F. Kennedy, George Washington, etc.