USOPC will honor Tommie Smith and John Carlos months after giving probation to fencer Imboden and hammer thrower Gwen Berry, who protested at the Pan Am Games.
The former U.S. Olympic sprinter was honored by Ava DuVernay at a benefit concert for criminal justice reform.
At the 1968 Olympic games, Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fists to protest racism in the United States. Nearly fifty years later, their example still resonates across the NFL.
John Carlos, who raised his fist at the 1968 Olympics, says Kaepernick's protests serve a "shock treatment."
One athlete threw the most important race of his career to take a stand.
I wondered why pro athletes have not responded with the same outrage to the racial bias and negative stereotypes that have infected their sport.
Black athletes know what needs to be done. All that is missing is the will to do it. Now is the time to dispel the stereotypes about black athletes.
Perhaps, as time goes by, as more pioneers break racial, sexual, gender, religious, ethnic, language, and other barriers, athletes' very being may one day have diminished political implications, but sport has always been and will forever have political consequences and possibilities.