People Are Dragging the FBI for This MLK Assassination Anniversary Tweet

MONTGOMERY, AL - MARCH 25:  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking before crowd of 25,000 Selma To Montgomery, Alabama civil rights marchers, in front of Montgomery, Alabama state capital building. On March 25, 1965 in Montgomery, Alabama. (Photo by Stephen F. Somerstein/Getty Images)

People Are Dragging the FBI for This MLK Assassination Anniversary Tweet

'I'd sit this one out if I were you.'

Published April 4, 2017

Today marks the anniversary of the terrible assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis, Tennessee. While staying in the Lorraine Hotel, King was shot by James Earl Ray while he stood out on his hotel room balcony. 

  1. In honor of this anniversary, the FBI sent a tweet honoring Dr. King
  2. Instead of receiving an overwhelming amount of likes, the tweet received immediate backlash because the FBI heavily attempted to bring down MLK
  3. Under the FBI's counterintelligence program (COINTELPRO), King was subjected to surveillance and many attempts to discredit his work

    Under Director J. Edgar Hoover, the FBI worked to uncover alleged ties between King and Communist influence. When King criticized the Bureau's handling of racial investigations, Hoover called King the "most notorious liar in the country," as reported by the King Encyclopedia by Stanford University.

  4. The FBI's past attempt to destroy King and his legacy has made nearly everyone tell the agency to take a seat and stop tweeting

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo by Stephen F. Somerstein/Getty Images)

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