✊✊ "On #thisdayinhistory1968, an iconic moment happened at the Mexico Olympics. U.S. sprinters #tommiesmithand #johncarlosprotested racial inequality in the United States ... Smith and Carlos, winners of the gold and bronze medals, respectively, in the event, had come to the ceremony dressed to protest: wearing black socks and no shoes to symbolize African-American poverty, a black glove to express African-American strength and unity. (Smith also wore a scarf, and Carlos beads, in memory of lynching victims). -
Each man held their gloved fist aloft in the black power salute as the U.S. anthem played. What many don’t know is that the third man on the medal stand, Australian #peternorman(silver-medalist), was also protesting. On his jacket you can see a pin, it’s an Olympic Project for Human Rights pin. All three men were punished to varying degrees. Smith and Carlos were suspended from the U.S. team by the IOC and eventually expelled from the games. Norman’s career suffered greatly and he never competed in another Olympics, nor was he welcomed to the 2000 Sydney Olympics even though he still holds the Australian 200 meter record."
VIA History.com and Smithsonian.com
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