Student Bernie Sanders being arrested for throwing eggs at black protesters in 1964
This is what social media users saw:
The meme is a bizarre effort to rewrite Sanders' history of civil rights activism. Instead of showing him being arrested in 1964 for attacking black protesters with eggs, the photo is showing Sanders being arrested for protesting in support of blacks. The image is from an acetate negative found buried deep in the archives of the Chicago Tribune in 2016. It shows a young Bernie Sanders being hauled off to jail by police after a 1963 anti-segregation protest.
The newspaper's caption reads: "Chicago police officers carry protester Bernie Sanders, 21, in August, 1963 to a police wagon from a civil-rights demonstration at West 73rd Street and South Lowe Avenue in Chicago. He was arrested, charged with resisting arrest, found guilty and fined $25. He was a University of Chicago student at the time."
Sanders' had been accused of overstating his college days involvement in the civil rights struggle by some Hillary Clinton supporters, so the discovery of the photograph helped bolster his biography.