News : Fucking niggas don’t exist


News : Fucking niggas don’t exist

Athletics serves us on a platter this story that occurred at the Mexico 68 Olympics, which destroyed three lives but ended up convincing us forever of what Martin Luther King said: “I am not a black man, I am a man.”

As an adult, when Tommie Smith (1944) was hired as a coach at Santa Monica College, he placed that photograph next to him.

Is it you, sir?-the young athletes asked her when they entered and saw her on the walls of her office.

He was at the top of the podium at the 68th Olympic Games in Mexico. It was in a difficult world with the protests against the Vietnam War, with those unstoppable student riots or with the assassination of Martin Luther King in April.

– I’m not black, I’m a man.

Tommie Smith was then the best sprinter of the North American Olympic team.

And, like Luther King, he was black.

A black man born in the racist North American of the 1940s who recalled that “to support their twelve children”, his parents “fell apart filling cotton sacks under the supervision of white foremen.”

But Tommie Smith was a phenomenon. Perhaps the perfect sprinter: the man who had realized that even then it wasn’t enough.

– He was still a black man who was despised again as soon as the medal was in his pocket.

And after winning the Olympic gold in the 200 meters. And after coming down for 20 seconds (19’83), from the top of the podium, instead of expressing his joy, he exercised his right to claim with his head down, with a black scarf and a black glove and with black socks that they did not represent him, but the miseries of black America.

– We are black and we are proud to be.

He said it and John Carlos said it, who was also black and was third in that final.

And he was defended by Peter Norman, the Australian who was silver and who, being a white man, joined Tommie Smith and John Carlos with a brave sticker on his chest that answered the racial discrimination.

‘He had to,’ Peter Norman recalled. until the last day of his death at 64 years of a heart attack.

– They were two men who sacrificed their lives for a peaceful cause.

The day Norman died John Carlos and Tommie Smith traveled to Australia and they carried the coffin at the funeral, unable to forget what Norman did for them that October 16, 1968 at the Olympic Games in Mexico.

Because it wasn’t easy.

In that photograph, that we all dream of on the podium, they they trembled with fear as Tommie Smith explained years later with his fist raised, “because a fist is a fist. It resonates around the world. It means power, pride and faith ”.

– I thought they could shoot me with a rifle from the stands.

But fear could not take it anymore.

Luther King said that “if I help a single person to have hope, I will not have lived in vain ”, and it also said:

– We have learned to fly like birds, to swim like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living as brothers.

And look, the price was very high, but.

It started from the same stands at the Olympic Games in Mexico: “Blacks, go home to Africa.” And as soon as they got to the Olympic village they were expelled.

The cover of ‘Time’ magazine, which featured the five-ring Olympic logo with the words ‘angrier, nastier, uglier’(more furious, dirtier, uglier), was the summary of an act that the world considered unacceptable.

All three, including Peter Norman in Australia, had their lives destroyed.

They even received death threats and were never the same again.

And of course it was very hard.

They told us that Carlos’s wife committed suicide and that an Olympic gold medalist like Tommie Smith was forced “to wash cars at three dollars a day” to survive.

But, as he told his students in Santa Monica years later, it was worth it.

– That gesture destroyed my life but it helped build my homeland.

Because there was a day when society accepted their mistake. And he had the courage to ask for their forgiveness. And, although he could not make up for lost time, he recognized his legacy so that today any of us, after all that had to be fought, can still occur to us to say ‘shitty nigger’.

Tommie Smith still lives and, at age 76, You can explain it to any of us in the first person.


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