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Subject: RE: For the Old Timers: What Did You Think of Tommie Smith and John Carlos in 1968
I was 12 years old and grew up in a lilly white town in Kansas. I was following the Olympic build up closely because of Jim Ryun. Harry Edwards was a pivotal player despite what's been posted so far. I was concerned that American black athletes would boycott the games. For those of you old enough to recall Lew Alcindor, now Kareem Abdul-Jabbar did just that.
At the time I understood why Smith and Carlos did what they did. I think Avery Brundage was a Nazi, and I mean Nazi and what it stands for. U.S. track and field athletes both black and white were nothing but slaves of the A.A.U. and U.S.O.C. I admired their courage then just as I admire it now.
I think some of you old enough have forgotten just how racist America was in 1968.
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