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The death of a criminal: an interview with POCC Chairman Fred Hampton Jr.

July 2, 2009

by POCC Minister of Information JR

Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. and his POCC comrades prepare to enter the church during the funeral for former States Attorney Edward V. Hanrahan to show their disrespect for his role in ordering the assassination of Chairman Fred Hampton and Defense Captain Mark Clarke of the Black Panther Party. – Photo: Trig
Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. and his POCC comrades prepare to enter the church during the funeral for former States Attorney Edward V. Hanrahan to show their disrespect for his role in ordering the assassination of Chairman Fred Hampton and Defense Captain Mark Clarke of the Black Panther Party. – Photo: Trig
Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. and the other members of the Prisoners of Conscience Committee have proven time and again their dedication to the cause of our people, nationally and throughout the world through work, not just talking. I wanted to catch up with the chairman so that we could talk about a recent POCC protest in Chicago at the Black radio station WVON, where the POCC was protesting Black radio host Charles Butler, who called Black youth “urban terrorists” on the air.

 Also we talked about the protest that was held to address our disrespect for the death of the criminal Edward V. Hanrahan, who is in part responsible for the assassination of Deputy Chairman Fred Hampton and Defense Captain Mark Clarke on Dec. 4, 1969, on the West Side of Chicago. This year marks the 40th anniversary of their assassination, which makes the death of Hanrahan even more relevant. Here’s Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. in his own words.

 M.O.I. JR: On BlockReportRadio.com, for the people that live outside of the Illinois area, we saw that the Prisoners of Conscience Committee was engaged in organizing and leading protests against Charles Butler, who is a radio host on WVON, a very popular Black talk radio station in Chicago. He used the term “urban terrorists” on the air to refer to Black youth. Why was it important that the POCC got and is engaged in this campaign? What is the importance of the media, and what makes action, on behalf of the POCC, inevitable in this case?

 Ch. Fred: Minister, when we state that our position is that we understand that there is a war being waged on our communities, when we say the term war, we understand that this government wages war on us in a various amount of ways, whether it’s a military attack or what we refer to as sugar-coated bullets, attempts to hijack our struggle, and we also understand the importance of propaganda. We could look at case examples, whether it be attacking Vietnam or either parts of Africa and other colonized countries, prior to actually sending the guns and the military to do their part – the whole usage of a slander campaign of propaganda to “justify” the attacks.

 As you stated, this WVON in particular, which bills itself as a Black radio station, we see that this cat Charles Butler, used the term “urban terrorists” among other terms that he used to refer to Black youth in particular and Black people in general. Many people may think that this slight is “no big thing; it’s just a term that they use,” but again we understand the whole justification that this negro sets forward as I said once before is setting the stage to literally send our babies to the grave.

This term terrorist we know is a trigger word that justifies elite police units, police kicking through our doors, the violation of any front that there is some kind of civil rights that the government has to adhere to. And the government needs these forces, these J. Edgar Hoovers of journalism, to send the slander campaign out on our people. So what it does is open the door for attacks.

 The POCC takes the position that we will not just idly sit back while this warfare is enacted on our people. We will defend ourselves. Whether it be (against) the straight out military attacks that come via the police department, whether it comes through the foster care system or the colonial schools, we stand in defense of the people when it comes in the form of this propaganda.

Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. leads his POCC comrades down the aisle of the church during the funeral for former States Attorney Edward V. Hanrahan. – Photo: Trig
Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. leads his POCC comrades down the aisle of the church during the funeral for former States Attorney Edward V. Hanrahan. – Photo: Trig
Again it sets the stage to literally send our babies to the grave. That can be one of the tactics and responses can literally be viewed on blockreportradio.com, where the people from all walks of life the POCC had organized in particular (were) the same one who were targeted. When he said the youth were urban terrorists, we literally went out there and got the youth to literally go out there and stand in defense of the community.

 M.O.I. JR: Recently, Edward V. Hanrahan, a former Cook County States Attorney and former U.S. attorney, also known for his role in the assassination of Deputy Chairman Fred Hampton and Defense Captain Mark Clarke of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party, recently passed away. Can you talk about who this criminal was, and what is his importance to history?

 Ch. Fred: As you stated, Minister, Edward V. Hanrahan, was the former U.S. Attorney and – notice the word I’m going to say – was “elevated” to later become the Cook County States Attorney. Now only in Chicago, can it be seen as a promotion to go from U.S. Attorney to States Attorney. This is a sign of the times on how powerful the Daley machine was and still is today.

 And Richard Daley Sr., who was the mayor of Chicago, there were recorded conversations between Daley Sr. and Lyndon Baines Johnson about the political aspirations of Edward V. Hanrahan. Many people referred to Edward V. Hanrahan as Mayor Daley’s political water boy. He was a spokesperson, and again he was known for what a lot of people referred to then as well as now as the Irish mob that pulls a lot of strings in Chicago – and with Daley being a major player in this whole criminal enterprise.

 For people who reviewed the footage of what we refer to as “The Assassination of Chairman Fred,” there is some actual film footage that shows details of how the police fired over 99 rounds through the home of Chairman Fred and his wife and comrade Akua Njeri, formerly known as Deborah Johnson, Edward V. Hanrahan was the one in the footage that was telling the Chicago Tribune that they had bullet holes proving that the Panthers fired back on them, which later came out to be nail heads. It showed again that there were no shots fired at the police from the Panthers.

 But again Hanrahan was a symbol for the “Massacre on Monroe.” I’m talking about what happened on Dec. 4, 1969. And although he is dead, and other criminals like J. Edgar Hoover are physically dead – even this criminal Richard Daley – we like to make a point and draw the connection that the same day he died, the infamous Red Squad was re-instituted by the present Daley administration.

 M.O.I. JR: What is the Red Squad?

Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. and his POCC comrades emerge from the funeral for former States Attorney Edward V. Hanrahan, having shown that the memory of his Red Squad war against the Black Panthers and of the assassination of Chairman Fred Hampton and Defense Captain Mark Clarke has not faded in 40 years. – Photo: Trig
Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. and his POCC comrades emerge from the funeral for former States Attorney Edward V. Hanrahan, having shown that the memory of his Red Squad war against the Black Panthers and of the assassination of Chairman Fred Hampton and Defense Captain Mark Clarke has not faded in 40 years. – Photo: Trig
 Ch. Fred: The Red Squad was and still is an elite police unit, and they worked with the GIU, Gang Intelligence Unit, and they were disbanded for committing certain violations against other white left organizations such as SDS and other organizations. However, it was not (considered) a crime they engaged in, these violations against Chairman Fred and other representatives of the Black Panther Party and the Black Power Movement in general. So they were disbanded when it came out later.

The book is called “Protectors of Privilege: Red Squads and Political Repression in Urban America” by this guy named Frank Donner. He talks about when he created these crimes against white people. That’s when the Red Squad was disbanded – kind of similar to Adolph Hitler. When they done what they had done to the Africans on the northern coast of Africa, there was no problem. When they committed the acts against white people, that’s when it became a “crime” and you saw repercussions come down.

But the Red Squad again has been re-instituted under the present day Daley administration. And again Hanrahan was a symbol, and to this day when you hear about pigs, they look up to him, kind of like how they look up to J. Edgar Hoover, but more on a local level.

 As you said, he just passed, and there were no tears. And they attempted to – when I say them, I’m talking about the state and representatives of the state – attempted to have a big going away party. As you know and you are very aware of, one of the POCC’s major obligations is, as Panther Cubs, to carry the legacy of the Black Panther Party.

 And we know that you can’t talk about the legacy of the Black Panther Party unless we talk about forces like Chairman Fred, Minister Huey P. Newton and so many other sources – but (also) even those criminals who played the role in moving forward with the military defeat of the Black Panther Party. And remember it was J. Edgar Hoover who said, “By the end of 1969, the Black Panthers have to be destroyed.”

 And we understand that Dec. 4, 1969, Hanrahan along with the federal government made this move against Chairman Fred and Defense Captain Mark Clarke, which was a hearty military blow to the Black Panther Party and the Black Power Movement in general. So with this funeral for this criminal Hanrahan, it was at a straight white nationalist venue. I think it was St. Giles Church, which is a place in Oak Park, right outside of Chicago. We represented. We were and we are still up front to express our disrespect for this criminal. There was other criminals at the funeral who tried to grab us and make moves on us.

 You heard statements like, “This is my uncle’s funeral; don’t disrespect this” and so on and so forth. And some elderly white lady, she ran out the funeral talking about “the Black Panthers are here.” And we were upfront in our position. We came to express our disrespect. You heard of this food that they serve called “pigs in a blanket”? We went to go see pigs in a casket.

 And the Panthers had a saying in the ‘60s: “The only good pig was a dead pig.” And now, for the record, Edward V. Hanrahan can be classified as a good pig.

Email POCC Minister of Information JR, Bay View associate editor, at blockreportradio@gmail.com and visit www.blockreportradio.com.

Editor’s note: Donations for the upcoming Chairman Fred Streetz Party birthday celebration and the 40th anniversary of the assassination known as the massacre on Monroe can be sent to Fred Hampton, P.O. Box 368255, Chicago IL 60636. 


12 thoughts on “The death of a criminal: an interview with POCC Chairman Fred Hampton Jr.

  1. Powwah

    This is to you HABIV LONG LIVE CHAIRMAN FRED and MARK CLARK,who cares about some outstanding warrents,this mans father was murdered by these beast.As far as the good white children and old folks we colud care less about ther suffering.THEY HAVE GROWN UP WITH THIS LEGACY BLOODSHED ON THERE HANDS,HARAHAN IS A MAD MAN,AND HIS DESCENDENTS WILL CONTINUE TO TERRORIZE OUR DESCENDENTS!!!!!The POCC and Chairman Fred Jr is our example of SHINING AFRIKAN MANHOOOD,And the funeral is the perfect place to let it be known that the sins of the father will pass to their sons.May his SOUL ROTT FOREVER GOOD RIDDENS PIGG!!!

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    1. brother rob

      i concur brother! fuck them old people and them kids , im sure they have all sat around the dinner table and laughed at this for years.

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  2. HABIV

    Before being thrown out, Fred Jr. and the criminals that he was with (3 were picked up on outstanding warrants shortly after leaving the church) demonstrated disrespect for a good number of old folks and children who had nothing to do with the events of 1969.

    Regardless of what one think of the deceased, protesting at a funeral, is a classless act of cowardice.

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  3. Jody Davis

    I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Never, ever let those beast forget their past. Chairman Fred and the POCC not only represnted for the murders of Chairman Fred and Mark Clark but also for all the other brothers and sisters who were murdered by these cowards through the centuries.

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  4. HABIV

    Powwah (or did you mean to spell Power),

    To refer to the grandchildren of the deceased as beasts says it all. You blame other people for your own shortcomings. Is it my fault that black gangsters terrorize their own neighborhoods? It is not.

    Is it my fault that you can’t spell? It is’nt.

    Should the children of drug dealers be jailed or terrorized for the sins of their fathers? No, they shouldn’t.

    What happened to judging a person by the content of their character?

    Finally, you were born and raised in the USA. Chances are that your descendants were here before mine were. Stop pretending that you’re African, stop worshipping Freddie the impotent blowhard, and do something positive for your neighborhood.

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  5. mensah m16

    right on chairman fred jr and the p.o.c.c ;let this pig power structure know there are still real black freedom fighters out here /too hell with the yankees talking shit iL BPP CHAIRMAN FRED AND MARK CLARK NEVER GOT ANY JUSTICE NONE OF THE PANTHERS DID THAT PIG IS IN HELL WHERE HE BELONGS ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE

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  6. Powwah

    Well mr.HAVIB,

    Your simple reactionary comments and retorts tell me several things about you. First,Powwah is intentionally spelled that way genius. The beast refered to in my comment is directed to Harahan and his cronies on the repressive chi-town(oh genius that is Chicago)police force at the time of Chairman Fred and Mark Clarks murder. The Black Panther Party was never judged by their deeds and actions as men should be,men who sacraficed for their people. As far as shortcomings of my people,we are the first inhabitants of the planet. We pre-date the anglo-euro whatever you are.

    Dont believe me, check the carbon dating of your own so called scientist.To give you an example of how destructive and evil your type are,you attempted to tell me where i was born and where MY DECENDENTS come from,and you went further to tell me I wasnt AFRICAN interesting,sounds like you are demonstrating the exact historical attitude of your demonic barbaric,sadistic forefathers.Still attempting to define an AFRICAN.

    Still telling us about blame,blackgangsters,and fault transferance. The typical scared, paranoid, schitzo, psychopathic personality of the liberal that you more than likely are.

    Tell you what, stop worring your lil caucazoid head bout “deez black prloblemz” ha ha, read about your self in “The Iceman Inheritance”. One more thing the USA belongs to NATIVE MELINATED PEOPLE!!!!(oh , barbarians call them indians)

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  7. HABIV

    Powwah,

    If “your people” were the first on the planet, then we share common ancestors; we’re brothers, regardless of the differences in skin color.

    I don’t argue with the fact that black people have suffered terribly at the hands of white people and people of all colors. Sadly, all cultures have a history of treating each other poorly, whether in Chicago or in Africa before any Europeans arrived. Just as Europeans killed each other from the beginning of time, Native Americans slaughtered each other before Europeans arrived. Genocidal, black on black, African wars pre-date the rise of Europe by thousands of years.

    The antidote for these problems that curse all of mankind is forgiveness and mutual respect. Dehumanizing people by calling them names doesn’t help; it perpetuates the cycle of disrespect and violence.

    How much more effective would the message be if Mr. Hampton Jr. reached out to the family of Mr. Hanrahan in an effort to reconcile? Are Mr. Hanrahan’s granchildren demonic, barbaric, sadistic, etc. just because they are white? I know from first hand experience that they have many dear black friends, thank God, and see racism as a terrible sin.

    By the way, most of my ancestors were poor Irish Catholics. Many were hunted like animals by the English. Despite that, while I am very aware of the history and believe that it is important to understand those roots, I harbor no ill will towards English people.

    Perhaps it is time to bury the hatchet; and not in each others’ backs.

    Respectfully,
    HABIV

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  8. Powwah

    HABIV,The fact is there are different races of people,we cant say regardless when speaking of this aspect of reality.To do so, we are saying that our creator made a mistake when he created us all.Habiv there isnt a word in any african language the denotes slavery as we know it(dont take my word check it out).Africans never striped their captives of language,religion,etc.When one was acquired as a result of warfare the captured one could move freely in the society of the capturer even marry into the family,so there is no comparing tribal differences pre-slavery to what was done to my people in a chattel slavery environment.Do those African wars you speak of excuse the Human trade.Africans have never kidnapped your people or any people for that matter.Why should Chairman Fred Jr. reach out to his fathers murderer, shouldnt it be the other way around.It was his father that was killed while he slumbered in his mothers womb.My people suffer this everyday of our lives wherever we find ourselves in the diaspora.It seems that when people of european descent speak of these facts they always want to forgive and forget because they were the perpetrators of these acts of unprovoked violence worldwide.The Genocide (Black on Black) you pointed out is a result of us being out of our minds due to many factors evolving from our capture .We will heal ourselves by ourselves.

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  9. Raven Quickskill

    You young brothers need to get a clue. Y’all good at one thang we used talk about, that THE REAL CHAIRMAN Fred used to condemn and that was folks that did nothing but “murder-mouth” folk but did no real political work. Invading the man’s funeral proved nothing except you got no respect for yourselves let alone anyone else.

    What is the net effect of your politcal work on a daily basis? Who have oyu fed, how are you educating people to make postive and progressive changes in their lives and communities.

    What is your long range politcal plan besides going on Speaking tours and raking in the cheddar by acting like fugitives who live ib a bubble called 1969?

    Y’all got contradictions. You need some real political education, you need to stop being so reactionary and self important. You gather around you illterate syncophants who will most likely run at the first sight of trouble.

    Y’all 40 years old. Time to grow up. THE REAL Chairman Fred Accomplish 100 times more than y’all have by the time he was 21. You 4o year old nugs ridiung THE REAL CHAIRMAN Fred’s coattails and not creating your own history, you own legacy, not working to feed clothe and house the people.

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  10. powwah

    Mr. Quickskill,I dont particularly know if you were directing your comment in response to what I said about the article or what the case might be,but your assumptions about the 40 somthing yr old thugs riding the coattails of so on and soforth,WHY MAN,Text like that furthers the division amongst OGs (originals/nothing to do with THUGS) and us,the children of your contraditions , that rest in our forties and mid to late 30s,(separate them using age ,height light skin ,dark skin etc… catch my drift)We shouldnt do that to each other. in reference to what Chairman Jr. did at his(Hanrahan)funeral, I feel what ever protest he felt necessary to express the feeling he was experiencing at that particular moment was fitting.This mans father was murdered by these people while he slept in his mothers womb, why would you say his protest was self disrespecting.You went on to seemingly display some contempt for those who you say are stuck in a bubble called 1969,WHY? The west afrikan word SANKOFA means to return to your past to understand your future,do you see any similarities to 69 and the present day?Speaking as a child of this era,the only difference is we( the masses of black males) dont have the essence of manhood ,integrity,testicular fortitude because it was murdered in your age groups day and time,so yes we honor those that came before us and emulate the correct aspects of their examples, is that not what youth is supposed to do?.The retort about what do we contribute to our communities,heres my list FTP program(Feed The People)9 years strong every sunday as well as health screening thats given by black paramedics in their off time and Drs.that offer their time for free,The Prision Prevention Program (which was assaulted by CCA in my state and shut down),Boombox for teens mentoring programs,a GED program for brothas fresh out the pen,and this is just a few that I do on a daily basis all out of my pocket!!!!! So some of use have been pulled aside and taught correctly.Hotep!

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