Investigations: Hands Off Adam!

The white liberal was riding on a bus when he spied a bug crawling up the collar of a Negro passenger. Solicitously he reached over and plucked the bug away. Instantly the Negro turned on him indignantly. "Put it back, man," he snapped. "You white folks don't want us to have anything."

This story, making the rounds of Harlem, illustrates the Negro's attitude toward the growing controversy over Harlem Congressman Adam Clayton Powell (TIME, Dec. 30). Powell may be an absentee Congressman, a fugitive from a jail sentence and any number of other reprehensible things—but he is regarded as a...

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