Black Quotidian: Everyday History in African-American Newspapers

April 1, 1950

On April 1, 1950, the Pittsburgh Courier presented readers with very political set of April Fools Day wishes.  For example: “April Fools’ Day is a GAY and surprising time, and all have a good LAUGH or two, even if it be a wry one, at their own expense; but it probably does not thrive in totalitarian countries where the officials have no sense of humor.”  And later, “People are also being continually fooled by politicians and political parties making extravagant PROMISES which every intelligent citizen knows cannot be realized. Indeed, since promises are made to every segment and class of the population they are frequently CONTRADICTORY, but cynical politicians have long since realized that public memories are SHORT.” 

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