27/02/2016 by socialistfight
A small extract from Jesse Owen:
What Owens was expressing here was an obvious annoyance at what was clearly sheer moral hypocrisy on the part of the United States of America, which on the one hand delighted in his athletic triumph over Hitler’s Germany while at the same time it refused to part with the Nazis’ extreme doctrine of white racial purity. In his own words, “After all those stories about Hitler and his snub, I came back to my native country and I couldn’t ride in the front of the bus. I had to go to the back door. I couldn’t live where I wanted. Now what’s the difference?”
Jesse Owens (center) wins one of four Gold medals for track and field at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany, at the time under Nazi rule.
In the nearly 120-year history of the international Olympic Games, few athletes have come close to shining as brightly as the indomitable J.C. Owens, best known as Jesse Owens, the African American track and field star who won a total of four Olympic gold medals in a single year’s events. At the 1936 Summer Olympic Games held in Berlin, Owens was the most successful athlete of the entire event, delivering a severe blow to the stated ambitions of the German Third Reich’s leader, Chancellor Adolf Hitler, who wanted to use the occasion of his country’s hosting the event to demonstrate for the world the so-called supremacy of the “Aryan race”. In this, Owens made sure the Fuhrer failed miserably. Subsequently, much was…
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