‘What’s poignant about Wertham’s situation is that he had been a tireless advocate for poor and marginalized children his whole life’
But OF COURSE he was. All lying busybody dogooder fascists are “tireless advocates” of some damn thing.
Most of the research he did for Seduction [of the Innocent] was at Lafargue Clinic in Harlem — the first psychological clinic in the area — which Wertham set up at the urging of the celebrated African American writer Richard Wright.
He genuinely believed that the underprivileged children he worked with were being manipulated into crime by violent and sexual images in comics.