Mexico 68 The Black Power Salute
The athletes wore no shoes, black sock, black scarves, black gloves and they raised their clenched fists. Their gesture was seen as the Black power salute, it was an offence to the American public at the time. They decided to raise their fists at the same time as the national anthem was playing and the American flag shown. They were standing on the victory stand for everyone to see them.
As a consequence they had to leave the Olympic village and Mexico. Their credentials were taken away from them.
They triggered mixed reactions. On one hand it was considered as a gesture for a worthy cause, people who agreed with their demonstration thought it was a great idea but on the other hand their enemies / their opponents and of course White supremacists saw this gesture as an offence and they were angry.
The journalist’s opinion is not revealed.
In the media the word ‘negro’ was in use, acceptable and politically. correct Today for the New York Times to publish an article with the word ‘negro’ would be considered illegal.
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WHAT HAPPENED THEN?
WHAT WAS SHE PREPARED TO DO?
HOW MANY PEOPLE?
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