Remembering the 1968 Olympics and scars that won’t heal

For those of us who were alive and watchful in 1968, those two raised fists symbolized a defining moment. And the divisions that ripped us apart during that era have never really healed.

Trymaine Lee has written an interesting retrospective (then again, does the past every go away?) in the Huffington Post about the famous protest by Tommie Smith and John Carlos on the medal stand during the 1968 Mexico City Olympics.  It will give you a new perspective–or perhaps solidify your old one–on Brent Musburger, who at the time condemned the two men as “black-skinned stormtroopers” and missed the point by about … oh, 180 degrees.

To read Lee’s post, click here. Wikipedia (yes, Wikipedia) has an excellent article on the proteste and its aftermath, as well.


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