John Carlos

Abagond

john-carlosJohn Carlos (1945- ), a Black American runner, won the bronze medal for the 200m dash at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. It was he and gold-medal winner Tommie Smith who held up their black-gloved fists in a Black Power salute as the US national anthem played.

That was Plan C. Plan A was a boycott, but they killed Martin Luther King, Jr. Plan B was to meet with the Mexican students protesting the Olympics. But they killed the Mexican students. As they stood there doing Plan C, they were both listening for a gunshot.

Why he did it:

“I thought about how humiliating and difficult it was for a black man to get a decent job to support his family. At the same time, while education was hard to find, the pusher man wasn’t. I thought about the way drugs were as easy to find as a…

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