J. Edgar Hoover…the Black Man?

J. Edgar Hoover. Was he really passing as white?

All have known for a long time that it seemed that the former head of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover, had an axe to grind in the black community.  He attacked, sabotaged, and thwarted any organization of African American people through civil rights leaders and activists like Marcus Garvey’s United Negro Improvement Association, Martin Luther King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and the Black Panther Party.  But now, with the surfacing of new background information on the crime czar, it appears he was experiencing some sort of self-hatred…because he too was a black man passing for white.

According to the Washington Post’s Root, Hoover’s family roots was uncovered by an African American woman named Millie McGhee. She resides in southern Maryland and has written two books, Secrets Uncovered: J.Edgar Hoover-The Relative and Secrets Uncovered : J. Edgar Hoover Passing For White?

McGhee reveals that she once lived on the land in McComb, Mississippi, that she was told was owned by the Hoover family and J. Edgar was her grandfather’s second cousin:

“In the late 1950s, I was a young girl growing up in rural McComb, Mississippi. A story had been passed down through several generations that the land we lived on was owned by the Hoover family. My grandfather told me that this powerful man, Edgar, was his second cousin, and was passing for white. If we talked about this, he was so powerful he could have us all killed. I grew up terrified about all this.”

Hoover was also a homosexual, but that is the only information given about his personal life in the new Clint Eastwood film J. Edgar.  McGhee and others thought it would’ve been more truthful and possibly insightful of his motives had Eastwood included the fact that he was mulatto.

Read the full report here.  This new information will give you an “A-ha” moment.  Now it all makes sense!

-J.C. Brooks

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