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Fred Hampton

Fred Hampton (August 30, 1948–December 4, 1969) was an inspirational activist for the NAACP and the Black Panther Party. At age 21, Hampton was fatally shot alongside a fellow activist (FBI asset) during a bogus law enforcement raid. Hampton is one of the seminal figures in the civil rights movement and, as such, one of the least well-publicised by the corporatocracy media.

Hampton began by persuading Chicago’s Black and Puerto Rican street gangs to call a truce. He worked with white-dominated groups like Students for a Democratic Society and the Weather Underground, creating what he called a class-conscious “Rainbow Coalition”. The crossover vision, like Martin Luther King, made Hampton a ‘threat’ and he was targeted for assassination by the FBI.

On December 3, 1969, FBI asset William O’Neal secretly drugged Hampton and, shortly afterward, law enforcement agents raided Hampton’s apartment. There was no warrant. The agents entered Hampton’s apartment with guns firing, mortally wounding the sleeping Hampton, his fiancee and a bodyguard.

When an officer realised Hampton hadn’t been killed, he executed the activist – two shots point-blank to the head. Hampton’s fiancee, who was pregnant, survived the wounds.

The FBI’s Pennsylvania field office was broken into not long after the assassination and, among the files found, was a floor-plan of Hampton’s apartment and documents relating to the assassination plan and covering up their role in the murder.

 

“Nothing is more important than stopping Fascism. Because if we don’t, Fascism is gonna stop us all.” – Fred Hampton

 

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