Tommie Smith and John Carlos, Heroes or Villains?

Mike GreenfieldCorrespondent IJuly 22, 2008

That was a joke.

It is absurd how they gave that prestigious award to racists of that sort. Sports is all about uniting because of the love of the game, and that gesture, which was a direct hatred signal toward whites, only caused separation. It really pisses me off that two cancer survivors, Jon Lester and Doug Davis, lost out to these guys.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. preached for us, the human race, to unite together, and stop oppression. Tommie Smith and John Carlos did not raise their hand up for unity in 1968. They raised their hand for separation, the utter opposite of what Dr. King was preaching on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, or in all of his other numerous speeches where he condemned racism.

Dr. King was beaten down so many times by the whites, but even at the end of April 4, 1968, the day he would be shot down by a white male, he still preached the same thing that he did from the start—unity. Before Mr. Smith and Mr. Carlos rose their hands in 1968 in front of the everyone in Mexico City, right after the death of Dr. King, they had not gone through nearly what King had.

Yet, we are still celebrating the act of oppression that these two made. Think about that.