The Press: The Fake

To Northerners, the picture seemed natural enough: a well-dressed Negro with a woman and two children standing in front of a Little Rock high school holding up a large, neatly lettered sign that read:

PLEASE VOTE FOR INTEGRATION TO HELP US HAVE EQUALITY. But in the South that kind of picture is calculated only to whip up the fears that "equality" implies to segregationists.

And calculated it was. The picture was a fake, staged by a squat, bombastic Little Rock haberdasher named James ("Jimmy the Flash") Karam, the man who spurred on anti-Negro mobs for...

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