EARTHA KITT CONFRONTS LBJ





On Jan. 18, 1968, singer and actress Eartha Kitt spoke the truth at a White House luncheon meeting on crime and juvenile delinquency. Kitt was asked her opinion and she stated that it was not an issue of “delinquency,” instead young Americans were: angry because their parents are angry . . . because there is a war going on that they don’t understand . . . You send the best of this country off to be shot and maimed. They rebel in the street.

The retaliation for her honest critique of the war was so swift and strong that within hours her career in the U.S. was ruined for 10 years. The C.I.A. watched and tried to undermine her.

Kitt said she never regretted the stand she took that day, but learned that: …if you tell the truth – in a country that says you’re entitled to tell the truth – you get your face slapped and you get put out of work.