Darthard Perry

The history of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is riddled with instances of covert operations, surveillance, and infiltration targeting black communities, organizations, and political figures. One such case is that of Perry, who was coerced into becoming an FBI informant and spent years infiltrating prominent black groups such as The Black Panthers, the Black Student Union, and the Watts Writers Workshop. Perry’s story sheds light on the systematic oppression of black individuals and communities in America through government-funded means.

Perry’s journey as an FBI informant began under duress, as he was forced through threats and coercion to collaborate with the agency. Over seven years, he meticulously infiltrated various black organizations and political parties, carrying out the FBI’s agenda to suppress any social and political progress that black communities sought to achieve.

The Watts Writers Workshop Incident
One particularly distressing revelation from Perry’s account is his involvement in the burning down of the Watts Writers Workshop under agency orders. This deliberate act of sabotage underscores the extent to which the FBI was willing to disrupt and dismantle initiatives within black communities.

Departure from the FBI
After years of being complicit in the FBI’s anti-civil rights agenda, Perry reached a breaking point. He could no longer reconcile his involvement with the systematic oppression of blacks in America. Consequently, he decided to leave the FBI and expose the agency’s darkest secrets.

Revelations and Exposing the Truth
Following his departure from the FBI, Perry granted investigative reporter Gil Noble unprecedented access to information about the agency’s activities. He candidly addressed Noble’s questions regarding the FBI’s anti-civil rights agenda and its role in targeting prominent black figures.

Assassinations and Covert Operations
Perry’s disclosures included shocking revelations about the FBI’s involvement in the assassinations of influential black leaders such as Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey, JFK, Robert Kennedy, and key members of the Black Panther Party. These accounts shed light on the lengths to which the FBI went to suppress black leadership and activism.

Targeting Black Individuals of Influence
Perry emphasized that the FBI’s targeting extended beyond political leaders to encompass any black individual who rose to prominence and possessed the potential to mobilize others for social change. The agency viewed such individuals as threats to the status quo and subjected them to surveillance and interference.

The Legacy of J. Edgar Hoover
The legacy of J. Edgar Hoover, along with other FBI officials, is marred by their pursuit of control and power over minority communities. Their actions were rooted in centuries of terror, racism, violence, slavery, fear, and hypocrisy. The systematic oppression of blacks served to enrich and empower those in positions of authority within the FBI.

Implications for Black Communities
The revelations brought forth by Perry’s account have far-reaching implications for black communities in America. They underscore the long-standing history of state-sanctioned oppression and surveillance targeting black individuals and organizations striving for social and political progress.

Perry’s courageous decision to come forward with his experiences sheds light on the pervasive nature of institutionalized racism and oppression within law enforcement agencies. It serves as a call to action for accountability, reform, and justice for those who have been impacted by such practices.

Perry’s account offers a sobering look into the FBI’s infiltration and suppression of black communities and leaders. It serves as a reminder of the enduring struggle against systemic oppression and the importance of confronting historical injustices to pave the way for a more equitable future.

  1. There are many black informants in your neighborhood. The FBI’s #1 means of action is getting someone inside your and your friend’s circle, preferably who is already part of the community. Many of these brothers and sisters are caught in a cycle of agency-laden threats, harassment, and leverage, and are forced into being an informant, but nonetheless.
  2. The FBI comes for black prominence… period. Darthard spoke on how musicians and entertainers with influence are immediately persons of interest on the FBI’s radar. Don’t think you need to be Jesse Jackson or a Black Panther to become someone the FBI may deem a threat. If you’re black and making moves… know you’re game.
  3. The FBI may look to set you up for prison. Darthard explained multiple cases of Black Panther Party members who were imprisoned simply cause of being Panthers and prominent. They used murky situations to translate into definite prison sentences, or ‘the threat of prison’ to remove the subject. The same thing happened with Marcus Garvey and Assata Shakur, too much power and too black. Even though their cases were based on pretenses, the agency set them up to either have to go to prison or get out of the country. Both took the latter.

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