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Thu Jul 16, 2020, 01:02 PM

Viola Liuzzo's family wants Hoover's name off the FBI building.

https://www.michiganadvance.com/2020/07/16/liuzzo-family-pushes-to-strike-hoover-name-from-fbi-building/?fbclid=IwAR0clD4Sgrgjpk2WZbtUnPCY1LLt1OoVX0_exeuZCVPiur_VlbU5Os1S3Gg

For those not familiar with the story: Viola Liuzzo was murdered by the Klan on the last night of the Selma to Montgomery march. When word got out that there was an FBI informant in the car, Hoover put out false rumors that Viola was a drug addict who only came to Selma to have sex with black men.


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Reply Viola Liuzzo's family wants Hoover's name off the FBI building. (Original post)
pamela Jul 2020 OP
louis-t Jul 2020 #1
pamela Jul 2020 #2
louis-t Jul 2020 #7
bobbieinok Jul 2020 #3
pamela Jul 2020 #5
Greybnk48 Jul 2020 #4
bobbieinok Jul 2020 #6

Response to pamela (Original post)

Thu Jul 16, 2020, 01:07 PM

1. I remember the story.

Hoover was a real SOB. Put Robert Mueller's name on the bldg.

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Response to louis-t (Reply #1)

Thu Jul 16, 2020, 01:12 PM

2. I'm kind of obsessed with her story.

I recommend the book "From Selma To Sorrow" or the documentary "Home of the Brave," to anyone who would like to learn more. Viola was an amazing woman, very ahead of her times. What Hoover did to her and her family is unconscionable .

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Response to pamela (Reply #2)

Thu Jul 16, 2020, 02:11 PM

7. I followed the story as it happened.

It stayed with me. So tragic. I was only 9 at the time.

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Response to pamela (Original post)

Thu Jul 16, 2020, 01:20 PM

3. She had helped with march, was driving workers to airport, shot , killed

Long Wikipedia article

I remember well the shock when her death was reported

And the ongoing attempt to depict her as a 'bad' woman for whom no one should feel any sorrow or sympathy

And such stories live forever around the history of events. There's still sort of an uneasy feeling associated with her. You have to study her more closely than most do to get the true story about her

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Response to bobbieinok (Reply #3)

Thu Jul 16, 2020, 01:28 PM

5. Yes!

"There's sort of an uneasy feeling associated with her." When I first heard her story, I tried to learn more about her. In the few articles I could find at that time, I was struck by that uneasiness. Even Obama once mentioned her in a speech as "a housewife from Detroit" without using her name. It has always felt like her very name was tainted and that was all Hoover's doing. Mud always sticks to women.

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Response to pamela (Original post)

Thu Jul 16, 2020, 01:25 PM

4. I'm with Viola 100%, for more than just this reason.

He was a skeevy piece of work who's involvement in the Kennedy assassination I've always suspected.

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Response to pamela (Original post)

Thu Jul 16, 2020, 01:45 PM

6. IIRC Hoover never liked blacks or the Civil Rights Movement, its leaders, its activities

* IIRC he bugged MLK's rooms, tried to get dirt on him. Communist connections, adultry, etc

* FBI had agents, informants in groups working against Civil Rights workers. They often allowed beatings, burnings, etc, to occur in order to protect their cover. I believe there's a suspicion that at least some of info was not acted on because Hoover didn't care

Doesn't Mississippi Burning claim FBI was working on side of Civil Rights workers and the blacks? I remember many blacks were quite angry at the prominent role the movie gave whites, seeming to imply that whites led the activites and were responsible for gains made

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