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Obama praises Smith and Carlos 48 years after the ‘black power salute’ at Play

U.s. president Barack Obama last Thursday, at a ceremony in the White House, John Carlos and Tommie Smith praised, 48 years after the athletes during the Olympic Games were protesting against racial inequality.

“We are honored that the legendary Tommie Smith and John Carlos here today,” said Obama at the ceremony where American olympians and paralympiërs of the Games of Rio de Janeiro honored.

“Their powerful silent protest during the Olympics of 1968 was controversial, but it was a wake-upcall for a lot of people and it created more opportunities for the athletes who are after them came.”

Smith and Carlos were 48 years ago, respectively first and third in the 200 meters in Mexico City. Both Americans crossed then on the stage, one fist in the air and bowed their heads, a symbol of the Black Power movement who had fought for racial equality in the USA.

Smith told us later that it was not a Black Power symbol was but a “salute” for human rights”.

Smith and Carlos were during the medailleceremonie uitgejoeld by the public. The duo was then suspended and sent home by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

American olympians and paralympiërs honored

Tommie Smith (right) and John Carlos are at a ceremony for the American olympians and paralympiërs restored.
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Smith and Carlos were 48 years ago, respectively first and third in the 200 meters in Mexico City. They crossed then on the stage, one fist in the air and bowed their heads, a symbol of the Black Power movement who had fought for racial equality in the USA.
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President Barack Obama put himself, and his fist in the air during the ceremony in the White House.
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Smith is on the picture, two current athletes.
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Michelle Obama jokes with gymnast Simone Biles, spring time, won gold in Rio.
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Diversity

Obama decided Smith and Carlos 48 years later, still to honor them, because they are according to the president “the road will have been paved for the diversity in the current American team”.

Obama mentioned, among others the gymnast Simone Biles, kogelstootster Michelle Carter, swimmer Simone Manuel and boksster Claressa Shields, all of which are gold won in Rio.

“This shows that the greatness of America comes not just from high scores and fast times, but also by our diversity and our tolerance.”

Kaepernick

The theme of the athletes who protest against racial inequality, the recent weeks a very hot topic in America.

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers decided last month to no longer stand for the playing of the American national anthem because he is “not proud to show the flag of a country that black people oppressed”.

At a party of tv channel ESPN in July, spoke to the NBA superstars Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James are already out for the fact that there are changes needed in the American society.

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