TheBlackList Pub

For All Points-Of-The-View.

New book on the Black Panthers and the FBI - "FRAMED: A Series about the Omaha Two" by Michael Richardson

A decade of research and writing went into my new book about the Black Panthers and COINTELPRO.  Thanks to North Omaha History website you get to read the book free on the internet, one chapter a week.  Click on link for the Preface and Chapter One.  Feel free to share with others.
Michael Richardson

FRAMED: A Series about the Omaha Two by Michael Richardson


The full story of COINTELPRO and the framing of  Edward Poindexter and Wopashitwe Mondo Eyen we Langa (former David Rice) will never be known.  J. Edgar Hoover’s counterintelligence operations were deeds done in the shadows, never to see the light of day.  Some illegal actions were never documented and for the many that were the subject of bureaucratic memoranda, the redactions and destruction began almost immediately upon the death of Hoover.  What wasn’t shredded was censored upon release and then only after hard-fought litigation.

The record of COINTELPRO misdeeds is a shocking history of a massive federal conspiracy to subvert the justice system of the United States.  While it is true that J. Edgar Hoover was the man behind COINTELPRO, the reality is that almost every FBI agent in the country knew of or had a role in the conspiracy.  Few grasped the scope and magnitude of the counterintelligence operation although for years virtually the entire Federal Bureau of Investigation looked the other way when confronted with COINTELPRO crimes.

This account of COINTELPRO is an incomplete history for reasons other than redactions and shredded documents alone.  The sheer size of COINTELPRO operations from 1956 to 1971 would take thousands of pages just to summarize.  Even a full account of the surviving record  against the Black Panthers would overwhelm a review of the case against the Omaha Two and so only an abbreviated history is told here.  

The story of the Omaha Two has never been told in the context of its time.  A perfect storm of racism, radical rhetoric, COINTELPRO, local police, and a turf fight between the FBI and the Division of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms swept up the two men in a maelstrom of injustice.

The writing of the book has taken a decade and undergone several approaches to marshal the facts and present them in a comprehensible manner.  Early on in the research it became clear that the best way to proceed was to let the story tell itself, whenever possible, and so much of the book is direct quotations from primary sources. 

The problem of editing the material in the book was compounded by ungrammatical sentences and misspelled words in the source materials, particularly in the reports filed by the Omaha police, typed on manual typewriters in the squad room by police officers themselves.   A decision was made to as faithfully as possible reproduce relevant portions of the record, typos and all.  The rationale for burdening the reader with the mistakes was twofold.  First, was the desire to not impose subjectivity into the content.  Second, some of the FBI commentary was critical of the literacy level of Black Panther members and mistakes were deliberately made in false documents distributed by the FBI.   Thus the reader is now faced with what was written at the time, warts and all—minus, of course, the numerous redactions.

The search for a publisher underscored something I already knew, this was a story that was not supposed to be told.  Persuading profit-motivated companies to publish a book about a crime long-ignored by the news media proved to be a daunting task.  Mondo has already died in prison and Ed Poindexter is in his seventies facing serious health issues.  The time to publish this book is now, not someday in the future.  I am grateful to North Omaha History for the fortitude and wisdom to help get this story to readers.  Please share it with others.

The story of COINTELPRO, the Omaha Two and the murder of Larry Minard, Sr. was hard to tell and is not pleasant to read.  It is a story of injustice with no happy ending.  However, it is an important story that needs to be told.  Omaha is a divided city.  The scars from August 17, 1970, haunt Omaha like a wound that will not heal.   Justice remains undone.

I dedicate this book to COINTELPRO victims.– 

Michael Richardson

Series Summary >>

A History of the Omaha Black Panthers

On July 28, 1966, the Omaha World-Herald published a report about a a “200 member gang known as the Black Panthers” that “planned much of the systematic firebombing, sniping and looting in Cleveland’s slum riots.” From the outset, Omaha’s media portrayed the Black Panther Party as violent hoodlums, and in the next several years they wouldn’t stop. This is a short history of the reality of the Black Panthers in North Omaha. CONTINUE READING

Views: 117

Reply to This

Donations Accepted

Get on TheBlackList with
the following networks:

Facebook Page Twitter Ning foursquare StumbleUpon Digg Blogger pinterest



Statue of Octavius Valentine Catto Unveiled

Started by Junious Ricardo Stanton in CURRENT EVENTS AND TOPICAL ISSUES 11 hours ago. 0 Replies

      From The RampartsJunious Ricardo…Continue

Jackson Rising: the Struggle for Economic Democracy and Black Self-Determination in Jackson, Mississippi

Started by KWASI Akyeampong in CURRENT EVENTS AND TOPICAL ISSUES yesterday. 0 Replies

Kali Akuno: As you may know, my new book, Jackson Rising: the Struggle for…Continue

Fmr White House Advisor Steve Bannon & Fmr Trump Campaign Mgr Corey Lewandowski to Headline Economic Summit  for African-American Entrepreneurs

Started by TheBlackList News in CURRENT EVENTS AND TOPICAL ISSUES on Saturday. 0 Replies

 Former White House Advisor Steve Bannon & Former Trump Campaign Manager Corey Lewandowski to Headline 1st Annual Economic Summit for African-American EntrepreneursWashington, DC - Black Americans For A Better Future (BAFBF), a Republican 527…Continue

2017 African American Home Ownership Report Issued With Cautious Optimism

Started by TheBlackList-Publisher in BUSINESS on Thursday. 0 Replies

National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) issues the 2017 State of Housing in Black America report with a view to push for a more equitable mortgage lending landscape.African Americans are returning to the homebuying marketplace in numbers…Continue


Started by Junious Ricardo Stanton in CURRENT EVENTS AND TOPICAL ISSUES Sep 19. 0 Replies

                                                        From The…Continue

CASTING CALL: Anti-Opioid Music Video, "FLIPPIN" Seeks Community People To Appear

Started by Mwalim *7) DaPhunkeeProfessor in CURRENT EVENTS AND TOPICAL ISSUES Sep 18. 0 Replies

SKL is producing a music video for the Anti-Opioid Anthem "FLIPPIN" and is seeking community members to appear in the video for a national campaign.MASHPEE - SKL is seeking volunteers from the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe as well asother First Nations…Continue

Tags: announcement, service, public, spa, native

© 2017   Created by KWASI Akyeampong.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service


Live Video

= =