James Baldwin, one of the 20th century’s greatest public figures, had an FBI file.
Such was the strength of racism and homophobia during the Civil Rights Movement. You can still feel that potency today, if not in different ways. But this quote from Literary Hub is harrowing:
My memorandum date 7-17-64, which concerned the captioned individual’s plans for a future book about the FBI, has been returned by the Director with this question: “Isn’t Baldwin a well-known pervert?” It is not a matter of official record that he is a pervert…
James Baldwin, a well-known pervert? M.A. Jones of Crime Records elaborated further:
While it is not possible to state that [Baldwin] is a pervert, he has expressed a sympathetic viewpoint about homosexuality on severalM.A. Jones of Crime Records
occasions,and a very definite hostility toward the revulsion of the American public regarding it.
It is no wonder Baldwin moved across the Atlantic.
(via Literary Hub)