Beryl Lipton // #JamesBaldwin’s pen made him “a dangerous individual” to J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI • MuckRock

James Baldwin’s pen made him “a dangerous individual” to J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI • MuckRock //

In a game of mid-century FBIngo, James Baldwin instantly checked a whole row of boxes: black, gay, critical of the government in general and Mr. Hoover in particular, and a socialist sympathizer.

For years, from around the time he first met with Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy …

through his trips abroad to London, Paris, and Turkey, even well into the seventies, the boys in black kept tabs on Mr. Baldwin. Who, no matter his location within or outside the country, was a danger to the American way of life.

The great threat he posed? As far as the Fed were concerned, it was his ability to articulate, in his words and his speech, an American experience that appeared unfamiliar and dangerous, and while, though resonating for thousands …

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