June 08, 2005

1968 Olympics


The above has always been one of the seminal images I associated with conscious, peaceful protest. What I didn't realize was how impactful Smith and Carlos' black fists in the air had been:

A storm of outrage hit Smith and Carlos immediately. For disrespecting the “Star Spangled Banner” and the Olympic games, the IOC forced the U.S. Olympic Committe to withdraw them from the relays, banish them from the Olympic Village, and expel them from the U.S. Olympic team. Most of white America was also outraged at their actions, and both men experienced a heavy backlash upon their return home.

Written while groovin' to The Stoning from the album “The Passion Of The Christ-OST” by VA

Posted by Pedraum at June 8, 2005 10:31 AM |