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FBI Spied on African American Novelist James Baldwin for More Than Decade

James Baldwin/Wikipedia

James Baldwin/Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

James Baldwin, a famous African American writer, was pursued for more than a decade by the FBI because of paranoia about his politics, according to a new biography, “All the Strangers” by Douglas Field.

Baldwin, who is best known for his novels, “Go Tell It On The Mountain” and “Another Country,” was pursued by the FBI during the era of illegal surveillance, The Intercept reports. 

Intercept writes:

Why did the FBI spy on Baldwin? He was a novelist, essayist and critic, one of the most distinguished writers and thinkers of his time. His skin was black, his sexuality fluid, and his politics tended toward the left, a combination that was enough to turn him into a target for the FBI.

Agents began spying on Baldwin in 1960 because of fears he was “connected to several Communist Party front groups.” His role in civil rights also caught the attention of the FBI.

Loretta Lynch Makes History: Senate Confirms Her as First African American Woman Attorney General

Loretta Lynch

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Making history doesn’t always come easy.

But that’s what Loretta Lynch did on Thursday, finally securing the Senate confirmation as the new Attorney General, the first African American to do so.

The five month battle played out, with some Republicans opposing her because of her view on immigration reform.

CNN reported that the vote was 56-43.

Ten Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, joined Democrats, CNN reported. Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz was the only senator not to vote.

Retired DEA Agent Was Trailblazer for Better Treatment of African Americans, Women in Bureau

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Arthur Lewis, the first African American acting deputy administrator of the DEA, rose to prominence after starting his career on the hardscrabble streets of Harlam as an undercover agent.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Lewis is credited with breaking down racial barriers and winning a legal battle in the 1970s to improve treatment of black and female agents.

It was a tough journey that spanned nearly three decades and involved some of the most dangerous assignments, Lewis, 84, told the Inquirer during an interview at his home in Cherry Hill.

“It was hard work and it was difficult,” Lewis recalled. “But to me, it was very worthwhile.”

Added Lewis Rice, a former special agent, “He’s a living legend, a legend for all ages.”

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A 1947 Memo Shows FBI Trained Agents to Exploit Perceived Weaknesses of Minority Groups

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

FBI agents were trained to exploit the perceived weaknesses of various minority groups, including Mexicans, Catholics and black people, according to a bureau memo from 1947, the U.S. News & World Report writes.

Compiled for the FBI’s field agents, the memo describes Mexicans as “slow to respond.”

Catholics, according to the report, are easier to get information from, especially after leaving a confessional booth.

Phony insurance salespeople can easily dupe African-Americans into giving them information, according to the report.

$100K Down the Toilet: Scandal Rocks DC Suburb as FBI Investigates

Jack Johnson

By Allan Lengel
For AOL News

The former school superintendent is behind bars. County Executive Jack Johnson and his wife are whisked away in handcuffs by FBI agents, after authorities say she flushed evidence in the form of a $100,000 check down the toilet. And a few days later, three county cops are indicted in an FBI probe linked to the county executive — a probe that has all the markings of a much bigger scandal to come.

This is no obscure county in the middle of Nowheresville, U.S.A. It’s Prince George’s County, 498 square miles with more than 800,000 residents, long considered one of the most affluent African-American majority counties in the nation. It’s home to the Washington Redskins’ FedEx Field and the University of Maryland. And it borders Washington, D.C.

Still, for all the good in the county, including some first-rate neighborhoods and a major new hotel, shopping and entertainment complex on the Potomac River, it has long fought hard in the public relations game and often come up short, battling nagging negatives.

Over the years, the police department was plagued by allegations of excessive force. The crime rate spiked a few years ago, with homicides hitting a record 173 in 2005, just 21 short of Washington’s tally. In 2008, Schools Superintendent Andre Hornsby was convicted of steering contracts to a girlfriend and a business associate in exchange for money. He was sentenced to six years in prison.

And now this.

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White Supremacist Gets 18 Months for Mailing Noose to Ohio NAACP Official

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A white Supremacist from Oregon is off to prison.

A federal judge in Toledo sentenced Daniel Lee Jones of Portland to 18 months in prison for sending the president of the Lima, Ohio, chapter of the NAACP, a noose by mail. He pleaded guilty in May.

In his plea agreement, Jones admitted to mailing F.M. Jason Upthegrove a hangman’s noose which was delivered on Feb. 14, 2008, the Justice Department said.

Jones said he sent the noose as a threat because Upthegrove was an African-American who publicly advocated for better police services for African-Americans in Lima, the Justice Department said.

Upthegrove also “spoke out in the media against Jones’s white supremacist group’s mailing of hate flyers related to the shooting of an African American woman by a member of the Lima Police Department,” the Justice Department said.

“A noose, an unmistakable symbol of hatred in this nation, was used by this defendant as a threat of violence aimed at silencing a civil rights advocate,” said Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Rights Division. “The Department of Justice will vigorously prosecute those who use threats of violence to attempt to silence proponents of racial equality.”

Feds Indict 3 in Cross Burning Incident at African-American Home in Ark.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Hate still burns in certain corners of the country.

The Justice Department on Tuesday announced the indictment of three men on charges of burning a cross in the backyard of an African-American resident in Saldo, Ark.

James Bradley Branscum, Tony Branscum, both of Salado, Ark., and Curtis Coffee of Batesville, Ark., were indicted in connection with the Aug. 28 incident.

Man Celebrated Pres. Obama’s Election By Burning Down African-American Church

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white house photo

By Glynnesha Taylor
ticklethewire.com

Not everyone rejoiced the day after President Obama was elected as the first African-American President.

In fact, Massachusetts resident Benjamin Haskell, 23, celebrated by burning down a yet to be completed, predominantly African-American church in Springfield, Mass., on Nov. 5, 2008, the morning after the election, authorities said.

On Wednesday, he pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to burning down the structure of the Macedonia Church of God in Christ that was 75 percent completed, the Justice Department said.

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