Below are the pages of the notorious FBI Memo dated March 4, 1968, exactly one month before the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is the infamous “Black Messiah” memo which states on page three:
“Prevent the rise of a “messiah” who could unify, and electrify, the militant black nationalist movement. Malcolm X might have been such a “messiah;” he is the martyr of the movement today. Martin Luther King, Stokely Carmichael and Elijah Muhammed all aspire to this position. Elijah Muhammed is less of a threat because of his age. King could be a very real contender for this position should he abandon his supposed “obedience to “white, liberal doctrines” (nonviolence) and embrace black nationalism. Carmichael has the necessary charisma to be a real threat in this way.”
If the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation could advocate preventing the rise of a Black Messiah, we can advocate “INVENTING” the rise of a Black Messiah, who will unify and electrify the militant Black nationalist movement. We can invent not just one, but MILLIONS of such messiahs.
What is remarkable about this memo is the audacious arrogance at work in the mind of its author. The writer believes they could know of a God sent Messiah and prevent their rise. J. Edgar Hoover vs. the Creator of the universe. In no uncertain terms that screams: GOD COM…PLEX!!!
Not only does he believe it is in the realm of possibility for him to go against God’s Master plan, he’s certain he knows what form the plan will take and he’s going to stop the plan.
Moreover, the Creator’s Master plan is no secret. He’ll figure it out and put a stop to it.
Another thing about the idea of preventing the rise of a Black Messiah. Gender. Angela Davis hadn’t become prominent at the time, but Fannie Lou Hamer was on the scene and Amy Jacques Garvey was receiving a bit of attention for her husband’s ideas being revisited.
Why did the Black messiah need to be an individual? It could as easily be an idea.