_two_fists - Joseph Wallace Ethnic Studies 102 Dr. Fong...

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Ethnic Studies 102 Dr. Fong 5/16/10 Two Fists to Remember The year is 1968. The United States is in social turmoil. The fight for Civil Rights is in full swing and a generation of young citizens is committed to change. African Americans struggle for equality became difficult, and losing their mentor, Martin Luther King Jr., and their hope for the presidency, Robert Kennedy, made times even more depressing. Hope was waning. In addition, the United States was fighting a war in Vietnam that saw enormous casualties where whites and blacks were fighting side by side. They were equal on the foreign battlefield, yet separate at home. There existed a high amont of animosity in the African American population concerning the social situation their people were facing in 1968. In this emotional year, the Olympic summer games were held in Mexico City. The United States had a strong track and field team that included several African Americans. Two of America’s best were Tommie Smith and John Carlos. However, Smith and Carlos are not remembered for being sensational athletes, but for the Black Power salute they displayed on the podium when receiving their medals. This action sent shock waves throughout the world, and the two athletes were suspended from the team immediately. During a time when social change in the United States was crucial, Tommie Smith and John Carlos were heroic figures for taking a stand for what they believed was right. Tommie Smith and John Carlos both attended San Jose State University; they
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This note was uploaded on 09/09/2011 for the course SOCIOLOGY 136 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '11 term at UCSB.

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