Fake News: Student Bernie Sanders NOT Arrested For Throwing Eggs At Black Protesters In 1964

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  • by: Alan Duke
Fake News: Student Bernie Sanders NOT Arrested For Throwing Eggs At Black Protesters In 1964
Was the student Bernie Sanders arrested for throwing eggs at black protesters in 1964? No, that's not true: The Vermont senator and Democratic presidential candidate was arrested in 1963 for taking part in an anti-segregation protest -- in support of black protesters. It is documented in a black-and-white photograph found in the archives of the Chicago Tribune in 2016.

The story originated from a meme using the old image, including a post (archived here) published on July 14, 2019 under the title "The ultimate hypocrite". It opened:

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.

Bernie Sanders 1963 arrest.jpg

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  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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