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Olympic Medalists Create Furor with Black Power Salute (1968) Options
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Olympic Medalists Create Furor with Black Power Salute (1968)

The silent protest of two black American athletes at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City was an iconic and controversial statement. Sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos received their medals shoeless to draw attention to black poverty in America, and they performed the Black Power salute as their national anthem played. They were booed by the crowd and were later expelled from the staunchly apolitical games. Smith saluted with his right hand. Why was Carlos forced to salute with his left? More...
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1968 Olympics Black Power salute
1968 Olympics Black Power salute
Gold Medallist Tommie Smith, (center) and Bronze medallist John Carlos (right) showing the raised fist on the podium after the 200m in the 1968 Summer Olympics wearing Olympic Project for Human Rights badges. The third athlete is silver medalist Peter Norman from Australia wearing an OPHR badge to show his support for the two Americans.

The 1968 Olympics Black Power salute was an act of protest by the African-American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos during their medal ceremony at the 1968 Summer Olympics in the Olympic Stadium in Mexico City. As they turned to face their flags and hear the American national anthem (The Star-Spangled Banner), they each raised a black-gloved fist and kept them raised until the anthem had finished. Smith, Carlos and Australian silver medalist Peter Norman all wore human rights badges on their jackets. In his autobiography, Silent Gesture, Tommie Smith stated that the gesture was not a "Black Power" salute, but a "human rights salute". The event is regarded as one of the most overtly political statements in the history of the modern Olympic Games.[1]
The protest

On the morning of 16 October 1968,[2] U.S.A. athlete Tommie Smith won the 200 metre race with a world-record time of 19.83 seconds. Australia's Peter Norman finished second with a time of 20.06 seconds, and the U.S.A's John Carlos won third place with a time of 20.10 seconds. After the race was completed, the three went to the podium for their medals to be presented by David Cecil, 6th Marquess of Exeter. The two U.S. athletes received their medals shoeless, but wearing black socks, to represent black poverty.[3] Smith wore a black scarf around his neck to represent black pride, Carlos had his tracksuit top unzipped to show solidarity with all blue collar workers in the U.S. and wore a necklace of beads which he described "were for those individuals that were lynched, or killed and that no-one said a prayer for, that were hung and tarred. It was for those thrown off the side of the boats in the middle passage."[4] All three athletes wore Olympic Project for Human Rights (OPHR) badges after Norman, a critic of Australia's White Australia Policy, expressed empathy with their ideals.[5] Sociologist Harry Edwards, the founder of the OPHR, had urged black athletes to boycott the games; reportedly, the actions of Smith and Carlos on 16 October 1968[2] were inspired by Edwards' arguments.[6]

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Now they kneel when the US National Anthem is played. If these Black guys feel like oppressed stepchildren in America, so why not consider moving to their native Africa?
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In my OPINION. those two gentlemen (like today's football players who kneel) only set back their cause by creating more animosity.

I know of another group of people who were treated badly when they came here, but they responded by their children studying hard, their children getting good jobs, and their children behaving themselves in public. Little by little, this group won the respect of most Americans and were gradually granted equal rights.


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ChristopheJohnson wrote:
Now they kneel when the US National Anthem is played. If these Black guys feel like oppressed stepchildren in America, so why not consider moving to their native Africa?

Native Africa?

Many black Americans are descended from people who arrived in America before the European ancestors of many white Americans. Perhaps you'd like white Americans who do things you consider unpatriotic to 'o back to their 'native Europe'?
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TheParser wrote:
I know of another group of people who were treated badly when they came here, but they responded by their children studying hard, their children getting good jobs, and their children behaving themselves in public. Little by little, this group won the respect of most Americans and were gradually granted equal rights.


Many black Americans studied hard, got good jobs and behaved themselves in public, as did their parents and grandparents - and still do not have equal rights. (They may have equal rights in law, but we have daily reminders that many don't in practice.)
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