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@blackandnobel I couldn’t copy and paste what you wrote so I did due diligence!
Former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover used the COINTELPRO counterintelligence program to spy on, infiltrate and disrupt Black activist groups throughout the ’60s and ’70s. And as The Atlantic reported on Monday (February 19), Hoover’s efforts also extended to independent Black bookstores.
Article author and University of Baltimore professor Joshua Clark Davis wrote that he obtained a previously classified memo about this surveillance program while researching his 2017 book, “From Head Shops to Whole Foods: The Rise and Fall of Activist Entrepreneurs.” A 1968 memo, which Davis sourced through a Freedom of Information Act request, demonized Black bookstores as breeding grounds for extremist rhetoric and actions:
Each [field] office should locate and identify Black extremist and/or African-type bookstores in its territory and open separate discreet investigations on each to determine if it is extremist in nature. … The investigation should determine the identities of the owners; whether it is a front for any group or foreign interest; whether individuals affiliated with the store engage in extremist activities; the number, type and source of books and material on sale; the store’s financial condition; its clientele; and whether it is used as a headquarters or meeting place. … Investigations should be instituted on new stores when opened and you should recognize the excellent target these stores represent for penetration by racial sources #entrepreneur #mogul #motivation #business #hiphop #rap #vlog #vlogger #blog #blogger #radio #tv #influencer #trendsetter #leader #podcast #youtube #worldstar #shaderoom #bossip #morningshow #trending #talkshow #q&a #media #entertainment #mediatakeout