50 years ago today, Fred Hampton was assassinated by the FBI and Chicago Police Department. #president ‼FOLLOW @world_without_race ‼
That heinous act took away one of the world’s brightest lights and perhaps, the Black messiah J. Edgar Hoover had always feared. Fred Hampton could have been and should have been, President of the United States of America.
Fred Hampton was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. Since 1970 more Americans have lived in the suburbs than central cities — Hampton could relate to them, being a suburban kid from “the heartland.” Hampton was a natural organizer, a young kid who grew his suburban NAACP youth chapter from seven to 700 members. Later he would make a name for himself organizing and building coalition among organizations ranging from street gangs to leftist political groups. Hampton did it with his intellect, mixed with unusual charisma and peculiar ability to speak to people’s pain and hopes. Why wouldn’t America believe in this guy?
American politics requires coalition building and skilled organizing — no one was better than Hampton. Hampton was a natural leader, a charismatic personality who was unusually informed, especially for his age. At 21-years-old he’d already assumed statewide leadership of a political, community based organization (the Illinois Black Panther Party) and so effective at bringing together disenfranchised groups, of all races, that the FBI considered him a threat. Few individuals die having accomplished as much, inspired as many or made as much history as Hampton, who was assassinated at only 21 years of age. Why wouldn’t America want him as its first Black POTUS? [FULL ARTICLE AT WEBUYBLACK.COM/BLOG]
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