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Photographer: That’s Bernie Sanders in Those Civil Rights Images. The Media Is Lying.

The fate of the upcoming South Carolina primary will likely be decided by minority voters, so the powers-that-be have been unleashing a frenzied blitzkrieg against Bernie’s service during the Civil Rights movement.

Civil rights icon John Lewis recently suggested that, perhaps, Bernie wasn’t involved with the movement at all (even though it’s been proven that he was), and now Time magazine has released an article questioning if a famous picture of a young Bernie speaking before a civil rights protest is, perhaps, fraudulent.

View Committee on Racial Equality Sit-In, 1962 1 Series IV: Student Activities Description Bernie Sanders speaks on the first day of the sit-in. Subject Terms Audiences | Civil rights demonstrations Photograph Date 1962-02 Physical Format Photographic prints; 16.1 x 23.4 cm Location University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois Collection Archival Photographic Files Repository University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center Image Identifier apf4-01698


Just like the first two stories were quickly debunked as nonsense, so too has this latest attack on Bernie perpetrated by Time Magazine. Celebrated civil rights photographer Danny Lyons has stepped forward to shoot down these accusations with his own testimony and additional pictures from the same event:

“In 1962 and the spring of 1963 I was the student photographer at the University of Chicago, making pictures for the yearbook, the Alumni Magazine, and the student paper, The Maroon. By the summer of 1962, I had taken my camera into the deep South and become the first photographer for SNCC.

“That winter at the University of Chicago, there was a sit-in inside the administration building protesting discrimination against blacks in university owned housing,” Lyons said. “I went to it with a CORE activist and friend. The sit in was in a crowded hallway, blocking the entrance to the office of Dr. George Beadle, the chancellor.

“I took the photograph of Bernie Sanders speaking to his fellow CORE members at that sit-in… Time Magazine is now claiming it is not Bernie in the picture but someone else. It is Bernie, and it is proof of his very early dedication to justice for African Americans. The CORE sit-in that Bernie helped lead was the first civil rights sit-in to take place in the North.”

Danny Lyons released these additional photos to prove Sanders' record.

Danny Lyons released these additional photos to prove Sanders’ record.

Lyons’ challenge has forced Time to issue a brief update tucked away at the end of their article, acknowledging they were wrong. This correction only comes months after the incorrect information has been posted on their site. Meanwhile, the Washington Post put out an article with the subtitle “Trying too hard to physically place him where he only existed in spirit,” and CNN ran a segment tonight on the story and also has posted an article without the photographer’s correction.

Jeff Weaver, Sanders’ campaign manager, held a press conference to confirm that they are “100% confident” the person in the photo is Sanders.

As South Carolina looms closer, expect more attacks on Bernie’s outstanding civil rights record from anyone who has reason to fear his “political revolution,” including and especially the mainstream media itself.

Nathan Wellman is a Los Angeles-based journalist, author, and playwright. Follow him on Twitter: @LightningWOW

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