The FBI's War on Black America

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COINTELPRO: The FBI's War on Black AmericaThrough a secret program called the Counter Intelligence Program (COINTELPRO), there was a concerted effort to subvert the will of the people to avoid the rise of a black Messiah that would mobilize the African-American community into a meaningful political force.

This documentary establishes historical perspective on the measures initiated by J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI which aimed to discredit black political figures and forces of the late 1960's and early 1970's.

Combining declassified documents, interviews, rare footage and exhaustive research, it investigates the government's role in the assassinations of Malcolm X, Fred Hampton, and Martin Luther King Jr. Were the murders the result of this concerted effort to avoid a black Messiah?

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63 Comments / User Reviews

  1. no name

    I can't believe that there have been no comments written on this documentary. I found it rivoting and concerning. I don't believe that I'm the only person to have viewed this. Aside from that-- this is a must see for all people... not just Blacks, as this is not only about Blacks being silenced, it is about all americans. My only wish in viewing this film is that the quality were better, but I do understand that archive footage is being utilized.

    Thank you for creating this website-- I share your enthusiasim for documentaries! Good work to whomever made this film and to the creation of this site.

    My best to you.

  2. Jonathan R

    Wow that is something else - The FBI is so wrong for this... I wish they would have talked about how the CIA started the bloods & crips rivalry with its introduction of crack cocain in the black community

  3. mutha

    This .rap is not used just on blacks, not just back then....look around you, it has worked so well for decades, what would make them stop now?

    Thanks for posting this!!
    educational and so incredibly sad!

  4. Battleangel

    Great Documentary! Chilling and Enlightening This documentary gives us clues on to how the modern day FBI and CIA continue to act to oppressed peoples' especially overseas.

    The one thing I am wondering is why this documentary is under the "conspiracy" section here. The information presented here is not only proven to be true but backed up by thousands of witnesses, testimonies, and literature.

    Until we start owing up to Americas true history things will not change. We must try to educate every one we know by sharing this documentary! Email it to a friend everybody!

  5. Born 4change

    There are some disturbing truth that lies in the pages of history, some of which will never be revealed. Stories of conspiracy and hatred for a people. ...But we are from a strong and persevering stock. A people whose strength and courage has changed the world. History has a way of righting all wrongs, and shining light of the darkness of humanity, and we will be better for the roll we played in opening its eyes to equality and love. For humanity to remove the perception of one man being fundamentally different from another, and that one man's rights and privileges are of more importance than that of another is to embrace an eternal truth, that will lead us to a more sustainable future built on peace and brotherly love. But the mess they the haters make until then, is the bed that they themselves will lay in.

  6. Atown

    Add Tupac to the list of "black Messiah"'s that they took out. He was all about this.

  7. tracy

    @atown - Tupac got taken out by the FBI. (wondering whether that should be a period or a question mark) Really. or ?

  8. esmuziq

    how the CIA started the bloods & crips rivalry with its introduction of crack cocain in the black community : they did not start the crips or bloods

    crips became big out of the black panters , and bloods came when crips were taking over the streets harassing people and it was just a response to that

  9. Chief

    @ no name
    There are things that some people would rather not know. There are groups, about which people are apathetic. Situations of injustice and inequality against others are avoided or ignored to assuage the conscious. People want to believe the best about the U.S. Government and it's agencies; therefore, the vast majority of visitors to this site will not choose to watch this documentary. This is apparent on a number of documentaries that expose racial hatred and division; not many viewers and scant commentary.

    @ Battleangel

    There were a lot of entities conspiring against Black leaders, but I do agree with the idea that this listing is misleading. It is a part of the "History of America" but those in power still control how things will be told. I'm just thankful that this site exists.

  10. Inediblehulk

    Doc is dead. FBI coverup? Maybe.

  11. none

    I've always heard from blacks of the 1960s that they would often times see black duffel bags full of drugs dropped off in their communities, mainly in Oakland, CA. This is appalling and I'm not surprised the FBI or CIA would use tactic like this against people... just look at 9/11, Afghan-Soviet war, Iran, ect.

  12. Adan

    Years before Katrina, the U.S government was warned again and again that a hurricane in New Orleans will be devestating, so why did they ignore? Simple, look at the results:

    Blacks as a share of the metropolitan area before Katrina: 37 percent.

    Blacks as a share of the metropolitan area after Katrina:
    22 percent.

    The white share of the population grew from 59 to 73 percent.

    It is amazing to me that some Blacks still don't believe that the Republican run federal government did not turn the other way, knowing full well who is going to be hit the most. The few whites hit were expendable considering the larger Black community that will be affected.

    Even when the disaster was unfolding they still tried their best to maximize the damage with slow response.

    Well, during slavery, there were blacks paid to hunt down runaway slaves, so no surprise that you will find blacks supporting the Republican party.

  13. lazibonz

    this is why i dislike effing americans thats why even though i dont support terrorists i think americans have it coming . i wont be suprised if what the fbi did comes to bite them in the back and the truly sad thing is that their kids/grankids are the ones who are gonna suffer for their atrocities

  14. Mo Gunz

    I cried after dis am sick of all the lies today and yessterday

  15. no typo

    This is only appalling for the fact that they have done this to taxpaying citizens...I don't think this was a 100% 'black' issue, it was a class issue, it will happen to "illegal" immigrants or any other group looking for a slice of the elite american pie...hell it happened to white hippies too

  16. Mo gunz

    White hippies are u serious dis was a race issue and still is u think America would ever let a brother like malcom in the white

  17. wtsx2

    Strange,how at certain times I can not view certain Docs...

  18. mrdreampop

    Watching this documentary will make you dumber.

  19. jumbo

    ive tried to watch this several times but it never works any body else have this problem

  20. ShowingConcern

    Yeah, this one and Wake Up Call have not worked in a couple months....I wonder why?

  21. jack

    Vlatko?!! Whats the deal my dude? loyal member here... I'm wondering why this of all docs isn't working?

  22. Ron Burgundy

    such a messed up thing to do, blacks are nothing to be scared of to do such a thing

  23. Erica

    On a global scale nations have had up rising all along but still for the wrong reasons. Blacks have been involuntarily displaced when others willingly exiled themselves from their native homes. Our white counter-parts never wanted us to have an opinion they just wanted us as work labor. They should have come up with better machines because we are children of God and our strong will won't let the oppressor keep oppressing. There has always been groups that have stood up against evil. Whites on the global scale have made themselves sit upon high and everyone else a lower being. The only way for the world to have peace is for equal distribution of God's wealth of the worlds resources to all the nations or there is going to be this continue fight.

  24. mike

    Unfortunately there is no surprise here, and with additional misfortune racism seems alive and well everywhere in government, from local to federal, and our justice branch as well.

    Look how generously John Burge was treated by our legeal system. One of the most sick heinous violations of civil rights and human decency was perpetrated by this former police officer and what does he get a slap on the wrist. If anything we should holde these people to a much higher standard, not give them a pass...but again no surprises here.

  25. mike

    Also Danny Glover just came out with a new documentary on the black power movement, for anyone interested, don't have a link to it, but the name is

    Black Power Mixtape

  26. Tjo

    lazibonz hates all 'effin' Americans because of what the FBI did to the Black American and thinks that all Americans deserve to be victims of terrorism. Does he or she also believe that all 'effin' Americans work for the FBI? Disturbing.

  27. Who me? yeah you!

    the CIA did not start the crips or bloods. The founder members themselves stated that they started their own youth movements/societies coz the usual stuff e.g. scouts were run by typically racist leaders. These youth groups then swelled in number due to the pressures that led to Watts riots etc. The most prominent was the crips. These voluntary groups were not funded and were member organised. As Law enforcement cracked down harder on black youth the membership was increasingly brutalised at younger ages. Thus the membership increasingly were angry, disturbed young men leading to failure to arrange activities, strategies with neighbouring groups then cointellpro drug programmes did the rest and the familiar gangs were born. The system lost control of the drug programme as it rapidly turned into an industry in neighbourhoods that had very high levels of unemployment and disaffected youth. The birth of the drug industry kept cointellpro alive as it had 3 "benefits" - destruction of black communities, raised money for off the books covert ops, junkies made good informants, assassin recruits etc. It later resurfaced to turn Hip hop from Public enemy's Fight The Power to 50 Cent's get rich or die trying. The same "black on black gangster" violence subjugates the leaders of a black conciousness with lots of black men killed/sent to jail but the violence not dealt with.

  28. amareda10

    who me? yeah you? seem to twist and bend to anything, the influx of drugs came during the black panther party by the federal govt. it was a way to destroy the black communities. If that wasn't the case then why during the Reagan Administration Oliver North admitted to not only weapons being smuggled in but also drugs. This was supposed to be during the time of The war on drugs.
    Also you're so out of it you fail to realize Public Enemy wasn't gangster rap it was about recognization of the disenchantment within black america, and upliftment of a people. 50 Cent was gangster rap. Don't lump everyone in the same category out of ignorance to a culture.

  29. withoutacountry

    The gov did start the crips and bloods they brought the drugs undercover phony agents etc to infiltrate the black panther party and African commumnities all with promises of intergration..Later the freedom rides brought the white women who are now as much a part of the African culture as thye black man was..Yes who me.. the Feds did all of that along with the Mafia and some other cultures (JEWS) i will not mention LOL ..Why u might ask?..RACISM, HATE AND FEAR

  30. ObamaATL

    They also been hiding our history from US with these so called "schools". I'm talking about our History here in America and before we arrived here. They have the youth under the "we come from nothing" spell. Also they are using the music and television to destroy us. They are already destroying Africa with economic warfare and also the MAN-MADE diseases being distributed intentionally throughout the continent. But who gone stop it though? We can all talk the talk...... But who is gonna walk the walk?

  31. Jon B

    ...this man put Public Enemy and 50 Cent in one sentence thinking he was proving a point...smh...

  32. The Media Werm

    Jon B, amareda10, Who me? yeah you! & Withoutacountry: STOP FOLLOWING INTO THE TRAP OF SEMANTICS!

    The comment warfare reads like a Willie Lynch divide & conquer exercise while YOU ALL SHARE THE SAME POLITICAL VIEWPOINTS.

    'Who me? yeah you!' responded to 'Jonathan R's' post, "...I wish they would have talked about how the CIA started the bloods & crips rivalry with its introduction of crack cocaine in the black community." Who me? got caught in semantics because Jonathan never said the CIA started the blood & crips per say, but rather their 'rivalry' with the introduction of crack. Thorough research will show that the Crips or Baby Ave's (Cribs) were a grassroots organization who emulated the Black Panther Party which unfortunately became victim to influx of crack epidemic because of lack of gang leadership (most of the founding members where killed or in jail).

    As for Who me?'s comment, "the birth of the drug industry kept cointellpro alive as... It later resurfaced to 'turn Hip hop from' Public enemy's Fight The Power to 50 Cent's get rich or die trying," I totally agree with it. Why can't he use 50 Cent and Public Enemy in one sentence to make a point. He wasn't lumping everybody in the same category. Semantics again! Drugs 'DID' turn Hip-Hop music from Fight The Power to Get Rich or Die Trying within a 10 year span 1991-2001.

    Amareda10, the Iran/Contra case you talked about happened between the mid 70's to late 80's well after the infiltration of the Black Panther Party. Their was actually (2) occasions of drug influx-ion targeted in the black communities.

    Be a thorough reader & speaker at all times because the lives of our children depend on it! Much LOVE & RESPECT to all!

  33. dg514

    Malcolmx asked the question what did the black man have before coming to america,frankly not a lot.The black people are not unique when ir comes to being persecuted.My own culture was decimated.A struggle which has lasted not 400 but 700years.Irish peop;e who only 150 yrs ago lost over 1 million people to potato blight.Stop crying about your plight and take a look at the restof theworld.

  34. dg514

    Well go back then

  35. dg514

    Thank you atlast some sense being spoken

  36. dg514

    And where I come from your lucky if you see a black person but for the last 35 yrs it has been flooded with heroin.Glasgow was the industrial workhorse of the western world,its nothing to do with colour.

  37. wheelnut53

    This is an actual a part of American history . I ask anyone who is not Black to put your race in our place and honestly think how would you feel right now . At this time Black people because of our North American acclimation , going back to Africa would be the same as you going to Africa .
    Beware the tactics that were used against Black people are still around , the players have changed but the game is still being played .

  38. mars0a0

    dg514 irish plight in not in any way shape or form the same as African American plight in America... due to the fact that as an irish man you are still looked upon as a white american... your peoples were not subject to persecution because of the color of there skin, but rather your social status.

  39. Skullomania

    Take your bull**** to another channel. You are what's wrong with this world. If you haven't got anything positive to contribute, stfu and leave. You speak of people taking a look at the rest of the world, but all you speak of is Irish plight, not those of other cultures. You're full of ****. If you feel your people's plight should be spoken on, it's your responsibility to do so. If you have been pacified from doing so, that is your burden to bear.

    Don't resent the next person for being strong enough to voice his concerns in places other than an internet site, or bitter because you feel you've been "left out". A person is gonna speak on their struggles because that it what that individual is gonna be able to closely identify with. So for you to talk smack about it, then go around and talk about yourself, makes you the self-centered one and doesn't help bring people of similar strife to an understanding.

  40. Skullomania

    The taxpaying citizens? No it's appaling because it happened period no matter who it happens to. Who is this taxpaying citizen you're talking about? You speak of a phantom entity by because you're programmed into seeing things in such a way.

  41. Skullomania

    But it is US citizens being perpetrated against by an underlining power structure. These acts aren't representative of the country as a whole, but by the acts of the few against the many.

  42. Skullomania

    Then from that you should try to realize that the same stuff is being brought upon your communities and make the connection instead of speaking in a way that puts up a fence. It has everything to do with color. Sometimes the same methods get applied to different communities. Doesn't mean it has nothing to with the background of the group in question, when that cultural background has something to do with the reason said group is being subjugated.

  43. Sylvia Gold

    Not be too crude here, or to drop the N-bomb indiscriminately, but the Irish were often referred to as the "Niggers of Europe". In fact, their dark skin color, smaller stature and rugged facial features were often used as "signs" of their inferiority. Alcohol decimated their communities. Brother knows of which he speaks. Now is he making common cause, or saying you're not the only ones, so stop your crying? I can't honestly's sad when people who were oppressed make war on other people who are oppressed, but that is the way of the world. Just look at the Jews in Palestine. You'd think they would be able to tell when they are taking on the characteristics of those who tried to wipe them out...but, nope.

  44. Nachman

    You're a bigot, trying to compare the holocaust to the current situation in ISRAEL. Last time I checked,there were no Jewish terrorists in the holocaust nor were there five Jewish armies threatening to exterminate every last German. You are obviously a well intentioned, yet deluded liberal, who has become so infatuated with a sense of a moral duty to the rest of the world, that all logic fails you. Unfortunately, your ludicrous statement (view and lobbying) consequently justifies Islamofacists war on Jews.
    Get informed before you start typing.

  45. brianJamesD

    I wouldnt say the government created the bloods and crips, albeit i haven't yet watched this documentary but i did watch one earlier called "bloods &crips: made in america" that is quite an eye opener , in there you meet a few guys who did start as a small gang in L.A. this was before the bloods n crips but still they were the ones who got the ball rolling so to speak. Watch it.

  46. Eric Wright

    Not agreeing with the state of Israel equals bigotry. I think not. This is post WW2 settlement of Europeans Jews that displaced the Palestinians. So much carnage levied on the Palestinians by the Jewish Settlers, and I guess you don't realize that the American media (controlled by many Jewish elites) isn't going to be objective when covering this conflict. The state of Israel is much akin to the Apartheid State in South Africa. The Zionist were first looking at Kenya for the Jewish Settlement at first, and I guess if that would have happened, you would be calling the Kenyans Terrorist right now for objecting to this criminal settlement. How logical is your argument.

  47. Mikenson Pierre

    there are no terrorist jews but last time i checked the all colonist they crucif... jesus for money n power they are the cause of most conflict in the world past , present , future, got said it they will never have a stable land even with all this weapons the war betwen east and west its a war between good n evil bold head its evil killing peaple for they goods and land that is evil tectonic weapon on a small nation who can even defend they self that is evil haitian mike

  48. Terry Beaton

    When I see people leaving 'Jewish Conspiracy' comments on documentaries like this I always wonder just 'who' is posting them and 'why'. Could it be an effort to discredit the documentary and drive folks away from viewing it? It just makes me wonder.

  49. Joe Mulholland

    The American government had every right to supress Black violence as they still do today just that it seems today they are far less effective in that supression.The truth that remains is that African Americans indeed anyone of African descent suffer a defecit in intelligence,this is what enslaves them and this is the reason why they shall never be entirely free whilst living amongst their superiors.

  50. Joe Mulholland

    Of course the FBI's involvment in either the King Assasination or that of Malcolm X is pure speculation in fact all the available evidence suggests otherwise,lets hope it is more obvious who killed Obama when his time comes.

  51. educateme2

    I sure hope the Secret Service sees your comments and picks you up for questioning

  52. handunseen

    WTF? Black Messiah? I'm not looking for a black Messiah! I assume you mean 'stellar role model' to lead the black community? The last time I checked, the black role models were Gucci Mane, Rick Ross and whatever new circus act coming to a stereo near you. If you don't think this rap 's@!t isn't f@#$'n up the image of the black American then you are blind as Stevie!
    Instead of glorifying the educated graduate, society has decided to glorify the fake-as-hell 'Hollywood' blaspheming, self-professed drug dealing, raping murderer. If that isn't twisted logic I don't what is boss!!! Now that white suburbia has fallen in love with the dregs of the African American community, the thug image has become a prime time hit (thanks Pac)! It aint just music, it's a movement guided by an invisible white hand intent upon proving that black folks are nothing but savages! Yep. The plan is working well!

  53. Ade` Singleton

    It's DEEPER than that. "They" Infiltrate once they feel that within the Come-UNITY One or Many have the Power of Influence. And....... THEY Infiltrate. We as a People are in Dire NEED to Remember Who We Are & Break the curse of separation they've whipped into us for half a Millenia, and taught us to whip into our-Self both Physically & Mentally.

  54. Ade` Singleton

    I Agree.

  55. Ade` Singleton

    (smiling) If Only More People Knew This.......

  56. Ellis Ellison

    The GOVERMENT Has ObamaCare Now and its aTrojan.if you dont buy Health insurance the IRS fines you.But what if the Feds use that same info to track you.Every 3 months you have to have a updated status..Nothing is free!

  57. Eden

    NWA was the first to glorify the gangsta/thug image. Research hip-hop history before you talk. Do you know the purpose of hip-hop? Or any genre of music? Whether you like it or not, these artists are rapping about what they know, what they watched their entire lives. I agree with you that white America is the reason why that lifestyle is all our black men and women know, but you shouldn't blame the people who are informing the masses to the dangerous choices impoverished individuals face every day.

  58. Debullshitter

    we should pick them up for questoning

  59. TheEsquireof212

    And they were told to do so by Jerry Heller, as the whole proliferation of Hip Hop with such imagery and lyrics was constructed by design by these culture vultures knowing it would reach where we are TODAY with the nonsense that passes for "music" and how Black youth are borderline reprobate in their waywardness.

  60. Timothy X

    After the Civil War,the former slave masters came up with a plan to eradicate the enslaved Africans,Former Generals,Politicians,and wealthy Southerners met to discuss the extermination of the former slaves,,The KKK was created out of this meeting of the elites.The FBI was created because of Marcus Garvey,The CIA and NSA followed.All of these nefarious organizations main goal is to maintain white supremacy around the globe.The eradication of the black race is well underway,AIDS a bio weapon is killing over 22 thousand of our people each month,,Crack cocaine a chemical weapon created By the CIA has had a devastating effect on the African American community,PCP,K2, Herion,all are chemical weapons designed to create mentacide,induced madness.Barack Obama is nothing but a modern day house n***** ,Who is helping to eradicate the African race,,,Proof..Barack Obama has poured more money into plan parenthood than all other presidents combined.Planned Parenthood was started by Magaret Sanger a racist white supremacist,who was concerned about the birth of to many black babies,,since 1972 over 13million black babies have been aborted.This is the number 1 killa of blacks in America,not AIDS ,not cancer ,But abortion.The agenda of that meeting after the Civil War is in Full effect,Genocide of and entire race of people/ Think it can,t happen?ask the Native Americans,,Oh forgot,you can,t,,The white man killed them all!!!!

  61. Steve Cunningham

    nwa sis you gotta go back further than that shcooly d was the first gangsta rapper ever,and rapp is messing up the image of blacks , thats the only thing most whites see of black people is news and rap videos , i cant count how many time s i met a white person who greeted me with a " yo whats up brother" damn well knowing he don't talk like that lol there are whites who don't intermix with blacks at all on a daily bases. now rap music started for the dj the rapper wasn't even popular it was all about the dj then years later the rapper got popular , but rap was about telling what was going on in the hood not glorifying it but how messed up it was, i.e. melly mel and groups like public enemy…ask yourself why aren't groups like p.e. and rappers like talib and mos def aren't pushed to the forefront? they are waaaaaaaay better rappers than future and drake and niki lol cause they the people in control know how to control the masses , hip hop told the world what to wear what to say that was cool what to do how to holla at girls and so on ,when you let it, and don't know that tv is and will control you.

  62. DGBIst

    As a reformed Gansta Disciple coming from the streets, I rap about what I know while reminding the young-uns (teens) that what I know isn't the best way to go (not look at WTF I've done and glorify it). Every sidekick ni@@a I know uses your, "I'm rapping about what I know" cop out!

  63. DGBIst

    I don't know about that one bruh... Pac put out as much dirt as he did good, and it was that dirt that they used to set him up.

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