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Time Magazine called it "a public display of petulance"

"John Carlos, Tommie Smith, Peter Norman 1968cr" by Angelo Cozzi (Mondadori Publishers) - http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/news-photo/the-american-sprinters-tommie-smith-john-carlos-and-peter-news-photo/186173327. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons -

The Olympics: Black Complaint
Friday, Oct. 25, 1968

"Faster, Higher, Stronger" is the motto of the Olympic Games. "Angrier, nastier, uglier" better describes the scene in Mexico City last week. There, in the same stadium from which 6,200 pigeons swooped skyward to signify the opening of the "Peace Olympics," Sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos, two disaffected black athletes from the U.S. put on a public display of petulance that sparked one of the most unpleasant controversies in Olympic history and turned the high drama of the games into theater of the absurd.

Smith had just won the 200-meter dash in a record-breaking 19.8...


"I went up there as a dignified black man and said: ‘What's going on is wrong,' " Carlos says. Their protest, Smith says, "was a cry for freedom and for human rights. We had to be seen because we couldn't be heard."


Sometimes it's wise to step back from hurt feelings. We are all still learning.

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Thank you, Jon


His gift helped get us all through some dark times. I will miss his voice.
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