The Aberdeen Examiner

The Aberdeen Examiner often took unusual stances, seemingly at the sides of the black citizens. One article, in a response to an editorial, stated that private schools were not the answer to the problem of integration because Aberdeen already had good schools. The editor compared the White Citizens’ Council, of which the editorial writer was a member, to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He said that both groups were “troublemakers”and that when the White Citizens’ Council did something, all white people were blamed for it. However, in response to the race riots that took place in Birmingham, Alabama, the paper seemed to take the stance that the corrupt Supreme Court was destroying southern tradition. Even in this, though, the editor strongly encouraged all fighting and conflict to take place in the courtroom and not in the streets.


“Troublemakers”, Aberdeen Examiner, April 18, 1963

“In Time of Crisis”, Aberdeen Examiner, May 16, 1963