Newspapers: Playing It Cool

As rioting broke out in Negro slums this summer, no publications expressed more dismay than Negro newspapers. "Madness of the first degree," said the Houston Forward Times. "The work of depraved minds who are too sick to know better." The Chicago Daily Defender has launched a contest for the best advice on how to "Keep a Cool Summer." Even the paper's switchboard operators are instructed to answer: "Keep a cool summer, hello."

Such moderation is characteristic of the Negro press, which takes a dim view of Black Power hotheads. For the Negro press...

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