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.  ...

      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 off Newstead.

                               A Soul Sister

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.

Daniel W. VanArsdale      My index page.