AN ANONYMOUS FBI ACCUSATION
OF ADULTERY - 1970
The explanation and letter (Doc.
47) below are from the book Documents by Christy Macy and Susan Kaplan, Penguin Books, 1980.
"The following letter was written to the husband
of a white woman who had been instrumental in bringing the black and white
New Left communities closer together in the St. Louis area. The woman,
whose identity is not yet known, was active in ACTION, a black human rights
group, and W.I.L.P.F. (Women's International League for Peace and Freedom),
primarily an anti-war, draft resistance group, made up largely of white
activists. According to an F.B.I. report of 1/30/70, the woman's husband
had been 'discreetly inquiring as to whether his wife might be being unfaithful
to him by sleeping with negro males in ACTION.' 'The
resulting marital tempest' caused by this belief, the F.B.I. report continued,
'could well result in ACTION losing their corresponding secretary, and the
W.I.L.P.F. losing a valuable leader, thus striking a blow against both organizations."
Dear Mr. ...
According to a later June 19, 1970 F.B.I. memorandum,
the couple had recently separated and the letter "certainly contributed
very strongly" to this. The mispellings in the letter are loyal to the original.
Look man I geuss your old lady dosen't
get enougf at home
or she wouldn't be shucking
and jiving with our Black
Men in ACTION, you
dig? Like all she wants
to intergate is the bed
room and us Black Sisters
aint gonna take no
second best from our men.
So lay it on her,
man -- or get her the hell
A Soul Sister
Daniel W. VanArsdale