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Subject: RE: For the Old Timers: What Did You Think of Tommie Smith and John Carlos in 1968
The cynicism of some of you is nowhere near being clever or attractive.
In the context of 1968, I think it's pretty hard to argue that what Smith and Carlos did was excessive or inappropriate. I don't necessarily expect people who weren't around at the the time to understand that.
As much as some of us have our differences with people who control our sport now, including USATF (which I'd like to see abolished), it's hard to overestimate how horrible the situation used to be. Brundage was almost a comic book archetype of a villain; all he was missing was a curly mustache. It really is not - and you have to trust me on this - hyperbole to say that he tried to make athletes' lives as miserable as possible.
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