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john carlos: why i raised my fist at the olympics

in anticipation of the london olympics, bbc news interviewed american bronze medalist john carlos, who is responsible for one of the iconic moments in olympic history.  carlos (pictured right) and his teammate tommie smith (center) used their moment of triumph at the 1968 games in mexico city to shine a light on the racial and social injustice happening back home.  in the audio above, carlos breaks down the protest and the backlash that he received immediately and many years after he put his black fist in the air.


05/18/12 , , , ,

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Dr.Carlos is correct in his position and in his behavior-social change does not occur unless someone or some group forces the issue. In America ,that is how change comes about. The down side is the negative repercussions the individual and or group has to endure.

David Knox


agreed. the true heroes and revolutionaries recognize the downsides and still push forward with beliefs/causes.



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