*Was former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy a racist or was she just being fed derogatory information by former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover? That was the question which emerged last week from the release of tapes recorded in 1963. The tapes recorded in interviews with historian Arthur Schlesinger revealed a First Lady who loathed the principal leader of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s calling him “terrible,” “tricky,” and “phony.”

However, the bulk of the information, the First Lady received about Dr. King came directly from then FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover – a man who clearly detested King. Hoover even appeared to secretly suggest to King during that the 1960s that he would publicly reveal an extra-marital affair if the civil rights leader did not commit suicide.

Jacqueline Kennedy’s comments about King came shortly after her husband – President John F. Kennedy – had been assassinated in 1963. They also came after she had been fed information by Hoover that King had made derogatory comments about her husband and joked about aspects of his funeral.

Caroline Kennedy last week explained what she believed to be the origins of the First Lady’s hatred of Dr. King to ABC’s Diane Sawyer: “Obviously J. Edgar Hoover had passed on something that Martin Luther King said about my father’s funeral, to Uncle Bobby and to Mommy. And obviously, she was upset about that,” Caroline Kennedy added. “It shows you the poisonous … activities of J. Edgar Hoover.”

Meanwhile, the British Daily Mail has carried a report suggesting that the former First Lady believed that then Vice President Lyndon John was somehow involved in her husband’s assassination; But ABC contends the Daily Mail report was inaccurate. Jacqueline Kennedy later married Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis.

(source: Taylor Media Services – http://dailyblack.webs.com)