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H.L. Hunt Funded the Nation of Islam; Malcolm X Vehemently Criticized the Relationship

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H.L. Hunt and wife at a fund-rais­ing din­ner for George Wal­lace (1968)

COMMENT: A past event which gives con­text to the present con­cerns the late H.L. Hunt’s financ­ing of the Nation of Islam. Before his assas­si­na­tion, Mal­colm X called atten­tion to this and it was among the rea­sons for the rup­ture of  rela­tions with the group and his depar­ture from it.

Hunt’s hatred of black folks and desire to see them repa­tri­at­ed to Africa (or worse) was the basis for his finan­cial sup­port.

Divide and con­quer.

His grand­daugh­ter Leah Hunt-Hen­drix [7] is a financier of the, left wing of the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty, sup­pos­ed­ly because she and oth­er like-mind­ed high-rollers wish to wean the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty from the influ­ence of Big Mon­ey.

Aside from the con­sum­mate irony of this dynam­ic, it calls to mind the pos­si­bil­i­ty that the real rea­son for Hunt-Hen­drix’s polit­i­cal gen­eros­i­ty is to pro­mote the refrac­to­ry influ­ence of Bernie, AOC, et al.

Instead of attempt­ing to unseat the mod­er­ate Democ­rats, who recap­tured the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the GOP last year, and whose ide­ol­o­gy does not fit their rigid ide­o­log­i­cal pre­cepts, Sanders, Oca­sio-Cortez et al would do well to roll up their sleeves and under­take the labo­ri­ous, unsexy, but alto­geth­er nec­es­sary job of recap­tur­ing state leg­is­la­tures and gov­er­nors’ man­sions from the GOP.

THAT is the only way to effec­tive­ly com­bat ger­ry­man­der­ing and vot­er sup­pres­sion laws. Those man­i­fest at the state lev­el, some­thing the GOP has effec­tive­ly real­ized but that eludes the grasp of the “demo­c­ra­t­ic social­ists” who ben­e­fit from the likes of Hunt-Hen­drix, Saikat Chakrabar­ti et al.

The Judas Fac­tor by Karl Evanzz; Copy­right 1992 by Karl Evanzz; Thun­der­smouth Press [HC]; ISBN 11–56025-049–6; pp. 284–286. [8]

. . . . Eli­jah Muham­mad, Mal­colm X said, had been deposit­ing con­tri­bu­tions from his fol­low­ers in a secret bank account in Switzer­land, and his wife had been doing the same in accounts she held in Beirut in Cairo. Although the Nation of Islam received hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars in dona­tions each year, Mal­colm X said, the account­ing books he exam­ined in the Messenger’s office revealed that the Nation of Islam was spend­ing far more cash than fol­low­ers were con­tribut­ing.

When Bradley and Jamal inquired how this was pos­si­ble, Mal­colm X’s reply hit them like a bomb­shell. “There is a Texas mil­lion­aire who sup­ports not only Eli­jah Muham­m­mad but the Min­ute­men and the John Birch Soci­ety,” Mal­colm X said. “His name is H.L. Hunt. I think he is in oil. Have you ever heard of him?”

Bradley had but Jamal had not.

Harold­son Lafayette Hunt wasn’t just a mil­lion­aire; he was a very racist, very right-wing spend thrift who was worth near­ly a half bil­lion dol­lars in 1960. Accord­ing to a law­suit filed against him, he once sold food that was “unfit for human con­sump­tion, know­ing that such sales would end up in Negro and low-income areas.” Hunt regard­ed African Amer­i­cans as a threat to Cau­casian con­trol of Amer­i­can pol­i­tics, as he made clear in numer­ous radio broad­casts and inter­views. Dur­ing a radio broad­cast in mid-1960, hunt exposed his abhor­rence of African Amer­i­cans. “We are now in an area where whites, how­ev­er free from racial prej­u­dice, will be forced into the Repub­li­can par­ty by the Negro pop­u­la­tion which will help con­trol the nation­al Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty and undoubt­ed­ly share or pre-empt many local offices.” So great was his fear of black polit­i­cal pow­er that with­in days of Kennedy’s Novem­ber 3rd of Nixon, Hunt con­tact­ed the Repub­li­can Nation­al Com­mit­tee to request that it study why the “rur­al vote” went to Kennedy.

Alfred Zoll, one of Hunt’s chief ide­o­log­i­cal allies, had since 1936 advo­cat­ed send­ing all African Amer­i­cans back to Africa. Hence, it’s not real­ly sur­pris­ing that he would be inter­est­ed in financ­ing the Nation of Islam.

On Octo­ber 28, 1960, Hunt, who opposed then Sen­a­tor John F. Kennedy’s pres­i­den­tial bid because Kennedy was Catholic, admit­ted to mail­ing 102,000 copies of an anti-Kennedy leaflet in an effort to win the Demo­c­ra­t­ic nom­i­na­tion for Texas Sen­a­tor Lyn­don B. John­son. A few days lat­er, he announced that he would sup­port Kennedy’s race for the pres­i­den­cy against Vice Pres­i­dent Richard M. Nixon. Hunt’s deci­sion was unusu­al, giv­en his hatred of Catholics, and the fact that he had financed Nixon’s bid to gain the vice pres­i­den­cy in 1952 on the Eisen­how­er tick­et.

In ear­ly 1963, Hunt’s com­mer­cial cor­po­ra­tions were linked to the anti­se­mit­ic Lib­er­ty Lob­by and the John Birch soci­ety.

On Novem­ber 18, 1963, one of Hunt’s sons, Nel­son Bunker Hunt, donat­ed mon­ey which was used for a  ran­cid anti-Kennedy ad that John Birch Soci­ety sup­port­ers want­ed to run in the Dal­las Morn­ing News on Novem­ber 21, the day before Pres­i­dent Kennedy was sched­uled to arrive in Dal­las.

On Novem­ber 21, the day the ad ran, a mafia mem­ber from Chica­go named Jack Ruby went to H.L. Hunt’s office, as did oth­er char­ac­ters whom his­to­ry­would link with the event that occurred at 12:30 the next day; at 12:23 on Novem­ber 22, H.L. Hunt watched as Kennedy, the man he hat­ed, drove in a motor­cade through Dealey Plaza. Min­utes lat­er, Pres­i­dent Kennedy was dead, and Hunt was on his way to a month-long stay in Mex­i­can hide­away. Three days lat­er, Ruby killed Lee Har­vey Oswald, the man accused of assas­si­nat­ing Pres­i­dent Kennedy, and who, for unex­plained rea­sons, had a per­son­nel file at CIA head­quar­ters in Lan­g­ley. . . .