AfriGeneas Genealogy and History Forum Archive 2
J. Edgar Hoover's Black Ancestry
As anyone who has studied college genetics knows, the concept of "race' is a socio-economic one that developed during the slave trade as a means to justify it. US standards are indeed extreme (imagine a person only 1/8 Hawaiian having to deny the past of 7 non-Hawaiian great-grandparents on a census or job application!)Yet the categories are here ( on paper if not biologically). Forensic pathologists insist teeth are a better indicator of a deceased's race than pigment. And of course we do not classify humans in groups by weight or hair color.
A perusal of authors such as Richard Poe, Geral Massey,Ivan Van Sertima and J.A. Rogers will tell you that all European countries had "intermarriage" and even Moorish invasion, as far West as Spain and Portugal. Look at the play "Othello". And some census experts in 1910 estimated that 5 million Americans were "passing", the only way to account for a drop in Black population when Blacks were not leaving the US in appreciable numbers.
Here's how if often occured:
J. Edgar Hoover - who covered up his black ancestry
Picture © FOLKETIBILD/KULTURFRONT
"Not all slave masters abused their slaves - Some actually treated them like family
A new book entitled Secrets Uncovered, J Edgar Hoover - Passing For White? has been
She says that her grandfather told of her of a "very powerful" man in Washington who was related to the family but did not want the links to be known and passed himself off as white. She reveals in her book that this man was Hoover, who was born in 1895, was apparently anxious that no one should
According to McGhee, her relatives were warned of "dire consequences" if they spoke publicly of his
"Is this man so ashamed of his race that he would spend his whole life passing for white? . . . How has our race offended him ?" She says that his obsession with the assassinated Civil Rights leaders Martin Luther King and Malcolm
According to Spannaus, apparently it was well-known both inside and outside the FBI, that there were rumours about Hoover's possible black ancestry - which were widespread during his long reign.
Summers also found evidence that blacks referred to Hoover as "some kind of spook'' and even "soul
"Because for all the FBI agents, they'd go back and check everything about your family, your relatives, and everything else, to make sure they're squeaky clean . . .and here, the Director, and nobody knows really where he came from . . . agents would get into topics like that where they on a surveillance or something, when they finished the crossword puzzle, and had nothing else to do, and they'd start talking about Hoover . . . all the agents would get onto the subject of his real tight hair, his tight, wirey hair, and speculation that maybe there was a little hanky-panky in his family . . . and then his facial characteristics were really unusual"
Spannaus has done excellent research himself, which along with McGhee, have also confirmed that
However, despite the fact that it was legally required to report a birth to the
The entry for John Edgar Hoover in the Washington D.C. index of births was clearly added at a much later date, and the certificate number contains the suffix"D'' - signifying a delayed filing.
Thus Spannaus obtained a certified copy of Edgar's actual birth certificate - which was not filed until 1938, when Hoover was 43 years old ! The verification of birth is provided by an affidavit executed by Edgar's older brother Dickerson N. Hoover, Jr., who states that he was present when Edgar was born, and that he himself was 15 years old at the time. Oddly, Dickerson's affidavit does not mention a doctor being present, in contrast to Edgar's own account. He found out that, curiously, Hoover had never applied for a birth certificate until after his mother's death in February 1938. It seems obvious that his mother Annie Hoover - if she in fact was his mother - would have been by far the best witness, rather than a 15-year-old boy.
The writer Anthony Summers, described Hoover as "the offspring of a disturbed father and an
"Of course, were it the case that Edgar had already been separated from his real mother at an early age, and Annie Hoover was actually his adoptive or surrogate mother, this psychological profile would be entirely consistent with such a
Spannaus also found indications that his Dickerson and Naylor ancestors (through Hoover's paternal grandmother) were involved in a post-Civil War "underground railroad'' which was used to assist light-skinned blacks to make the transition from black society to white society. (An academic study cited in McGhee's book, reports that more than three-quarters of African-Americans have some white ancestry, and that at least 23% of white Americans have an African-American element in their background.)
Hoover's obsession with fighting those who were struggling for black liberation from was an state of
apartheid in the USA up until the 1960's is well-known. For example, in 1956, in the wake of the US
Supreme Court's decision to end segregation of black and white children in schools, Hoover fought
with Attorney General Brownell over his proposals for new civil rights laws and enforcement
provisions. Hoover declared that "the specter of racial intermarriage'' was behind the tensions over
"mixed schooling,'' and he on one hand attacked the civil rights organizations, while defending and
praising the racist and Ku Klux Klan supporting White Citizens Councils in the South. It was also in
1956 that Hoover launched the FBI's COINTELPRO (Counter-Intelligence Programme) which
targeted civil rights groups and leaders, among others. Hoover's FBI was literally an unofficial
extension of the illegal racist groups that were burning down Black churches in the South and lynching
Black people - At the time of Hoover's death in 1972, blacks still constituted less than 1% of FBI special agents. In the early 1960s, one FBI agent reported that: "In about 90% of the situations in which Bureau personnel referred to Negroes, the word 'Nigger' was used and always in a very derogatory manner.'' (Richard Gid Powers, Secrecy and Power: The Life of J. Edgar Hoover, 1987, p. 367).