That Time The FBI Put Out A Mob Hit on Black Comedian and Civil Rights Activist Dick Gregory

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Dick Gregory passed away on Saturday but if the FBI had its way Gregory would have been whacked decades ago, according to FBI records.

Gregory, in addition to his comedic prowess, was an outspoken civil rights advocate. When Gregory dared criticize the FBI, according to FBI memos, there was talk of hiring a mob hit man to silence the African-American comedian.

Yes, this is a true story. J Edgar Hoover, then FBI director, ordered the FBI to “neutralize” Gregory.

We found an old news clip in the Chicago Tribune from 1978. The front page reads: FBI Memo: Use Mob Against Dick Gregory.

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