"Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons." Bertrand Russell

Monday, October 17, 2005

"Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor...

...it must be demanded by the oppressed."

"It was on the second day of the Games that Smith and Carlos took their stand. Smith set a world record, winning the 200 meter gold, and Carlos captured the bronze. Smith then took out the black gloves. When the silver medallist, a runner from Australia named Peter Norman, saw what was happening, he ran into the stands to grab an OPHR patch off a supporter's chest to show his solidarity on the medal stand. As the U.S. flag began rising up the flagpole and the anthem played, Smith and Carlos bowed their heads and raised their fists in a Black power salute, creating what is now a widely recognized image. But most people don't see that their medal stand included more than just the gloves. The two men also wore no shoes, to protest black poverty, and beads, to protest lynching."


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