A memo included in recently released government documents concerning the assassinated President, John F. Kennedy, reveals that the FBI was concerned about the growing political power of Latinos, historians say.
The National Archives released another 676 government documents related to the assassination this past Friday– this being the third public release this year alone. President Donald J. Trump ordered for all the documents to be disclosed to the public last week. Among the documents released was a memo from a then FBI informant who was carefully watching a Dallas chapter of the G.I. Forum — a moderate group of Mexican American veterans who spoke out against discrimination.
According to the 1963 document, the informant closely followed a chapter meeting where members expressed concern about the revival of a similar organization, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). The G.I. Forum members feared a rivalry with LULAC over membership would affect the power and influence of both groups, so members discussed ways to keep watch on the leadership of LULAC.
“We know that the FBI was monitoring LULAC in the 1940s and 1950s. But this appears to show they were more worried about all of the groups’ growing influence,” said Emilio Zamora, a University of Texas history professor to The Washington Post. “Even though these groups were moderate, the FBI was worried because they were Mexican. In their eyes, they could become radicalized at any time.”