For 40 years of her life, Aretha Franklin was dogged by one of the most powerful forces in the world, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI. According to reports, the Bureau has over 270-page of files on the late singer.
Reports say Aretha also known as the Queen of Soul was named “Black extremist”, “Pro-communist”, “hate America”, “radical”, “racial violence”, and “militant Black power”. She was closely monitored through phone calls and even her close associate suffer this fate because of her.
Aretha was outspoken, and brave and was a member of social groups that seek to promote civil rights and was also close alie to Martin Luther King Jr. hence the interest of the FBI. According to reports, the FBI view the fine singer as a threat, perhaps due to her color, confidence, or active role in civil right fights.
In the many files from the FBI, are threats to the singer’s life by individuals that were disgusted by her mere existence and hence threatened to kill her along with her family.
According to Aretha Franklin’s son, Kecalf Franklin, he’s positive his mother has no dirt that will incriminate her. It appears Kecalf Franklin also has no knowledge of this until the discoveries. This is what he had to say;
“I’m not really sure if my mother was aware that she was being targeted by the FBI and followed. I do know that she had absolutely nothing to hide though,”
“But at the same time knowing my mother and the way she ran her business I know she had nothing to hide so they wouldn’t have found anything and were wasting their time. As you see they found nothing at all.”
Aretha Franklin was known for her activism as much as she was known for her voice, which garnered her much praise and accolades while she was alive. Now, it has been revealed that the FBI had been tracking the legendary singer for 40 years.
It was noted the FBI monitored the singer from 1967 to 2007. The singer had ties to organizations and civil rights groups like the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. A group whose first president was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. During her activism efforts, Franklin offered to bail out Angela Davis. A member of the Black Panther Party who was arrested for conspiracy, kidnapping, and murder. Davis was later acquitted.
A memo featuring the testimony of two informants went on to say they didn’t know the singer to be associated with any “radical movements.” Saying, “In view of the fact there is no evidence of involvement by Miss Franklin in [Black Liberation Army] activities and in view of her fame as a singer, it is felt that it would not be in the best interests of the Bureau to attempt to interview her.” It was noted some of the unsealed documents show death threats made against the legendary singer.
The documents were brought to light in 2018 after a request made by Jen Dize, a founder of Courage news.
It is not clear if the FBI acted on the threats to Aretha’s life. However, TGS will follow up and the bring FBI’s official report on why Aretha was followed all her life as soon as they respond.
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