My first source is another article from the New York Times, One Moment in Time by Gordon Marino. This source draws more attention to what led the black athletes to protest and the aftermath of what happens to the athletes after the protest is seen worldwide.
I find this source very good for my research because it gets quotes from the athletes and the people around the salute. “One word led to another, and within minutes the two were locked in a near-violent confrontation. Marino” This near violent confrontation occurred when Harry Edwards wanted better living space for black athletes at San Jose State. This is another example of the racial issues that led to the black athletes wanting to boycott the Olympics and the black power salute. “The American news media were brutal. At home, most blacks smiled; most whites smoldered. Marino” This newspaper article talks about the aftermath of the black power salute and how it affected Tommie Smith and John Carlos. As the quote says the News media wanted to turns the salute into a form of disrespect towards America and what it stands for.
My last source is a documentary about the black power salute and the athlete’s involved with the salute. This documentary also focused on the the black track athletes before the Olympics and their time at San Jose State. The documentary gives an inside look at the athletes by interviewing them and getting a chance to hear their point of view which was nice.
Marino, Gordon. One Moment in Time. New York Times.
My first source is the book 1968: The year that rocked the world by Mark Kurlansky. This book talks about the controversy year 1968 which brought us the fall of President Nixon, Prague springs and my main focus the Summer Olympics. The chapter I focus on mainly explains what led to the black power salute and the reaction from the International Olympic Committee.
This chapter starts off talking about the controversy around race in the U.S. impacting the outcome of the summer Olympics. “The most apparent controversy on the horizon, the U.S. race conflicts. Kurlansky 321” Many black athletes were going to boycott the Olympics in protest of the race issues in the country. “Rather than run and jump for medals, we are standing up for humanity. Kurlansky 327” The idea of boycotting the Olympics split even the black community especially when athletes like Willie Mays and Jesse Owens wouldn’t boycott the Olympics. This chapter really focused on the lead up to the Olympics from the standpoint of black athletes.
The next source I used is an article from the New York Times. G.I athletes train for Olympics and to stay out of K.P duty by Bill Becker, this articles doesn’t look at the black power salute but it describes how much pride the United states took in the the summer Olympics. This is helpful because at first black athletes were going to boycott the Olympics and this made Americans very upset. This source is a different side to the story of the summer Olympics.
Kurlansky, Mark. 1968: the year that rocked the world. Ballantine, 2004.
Becker, Bill. “G.I athletes train for Olympics and to stay out of K.P duty .” New York times.