In light of Sterling's recent scandal, there have been many praises in exposing the racist Sterling is. However he is not the only one. Cliven Bundy is another sort. He thought that black people were better off enslaved and picking cotton. Bundy was also deemed a racist. Sterling and Bundy are able to deliver stings, only if we let them. However what we should really focus on are those amongst us that can cause damage. One such example was J. Edgar Hoover. former Post writer Betty Medsger explained the chilling evidence on how Hoover expressed his thoughts about black people.
In her book, "Hoover regarded black students in the 1970's as potentially violent, and therefore as appropriate objects to be under surveillance by FBI agents". This was an obvious breach of privacy for the black students. Hoover had eyes and ears everywhere, from outside and inside university walls. He also required his agents to recruit "ghetto informants" to further spy on black people living in black neighbourhoods. One document suggested that these "ghetto informants" are of employees and owners from "taverns, liquor stores, drug stores, pawn shops, gun shops, barber shops, janitors of apartment buildings, etc." Hoover's hatred towards black people is so in-depth that he would go the extra mile to destroy the images of Civil Rights Leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Medsger wrote, "FBI under his command would take extreme measures such as breaking into offices, FBI resorted to breaking into offices; using informers; planting false rumors; opening mail; and wiretapping and bugging King's office, home and hotel rooms". Had Hoover performed these acts in today's society, he would have faced severe ramifications. Although he died 42 years ago, he reminds us of what would possibly happen if such a racist manages to grasp such power.
There are still Hoover-impersonators around the world, not only the United States nonetheless. Although they may not carry as much power as he did, they are still able to cause such damage. Among them are:
●Smiling and personable human resources directors who, in their heart of hearts, share to some degree Bundy's ideas about black people;
●Police officers who, like Sterling, believe black people are undesirable creatures, thus subject to arrest at the slightest excuse;
●White editors who believe black reporters do best when writing about other blacks, especially black social ills, thus reserving paths up the newsroom ladder for the white reporters;
●Insecure white managers in a position to bark out orders to black workers pursuing white-collar and professional careers, shooting down their ideas, making slights about their intelligence and throwing them under the bus when things go wrong.
It just goes to show that those racists with some form of power are the real mastermind of racism, being potentially able to cause civil unrest and damage towards society.