Black People : Brother Smith Raised BP Fist at 67 Olympics, now must sell gold medal???

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  1. Ankhur

    Ankhur Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    We sould have had the economic institutions around , sisters and brothers who do acts of valiance, so they should never have doubts about their heroic actions or face economic ostracism and destitution from the system, without us providing a safety net


    Black Power activist to sell Olympic gold medal

    Sprinter Tommie Smith 'feels that what he did ruined his life in many ways'

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    U.S. athletes Tommie Smith, center, and John Carlos, right, raise their gloved fists in the Black Power salute to express opposition to racism in their home country during the U.S. national anthem in Mexico City on October 17, 1968.
    msnbc.com staff and news service reports
    SAN JOSE, Calif. - Tommie Smith is selling the gold medal he won at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, where his Black Power salute on the podium shocked the sports world.

    The former San Jose State runner has put his gold medal for the 200 meters and red-and-white Puma spikes up for auction at New York-based M.I.T. Memorabilia. The bidding starts at $250,000, and the sale is scheduled to close Nov. 4.

    M.I.T.'s Gary Zimet said Smith is selling the medal for the money but also because he wants to share it with the public.


    Smith, now 66 and living in Georgia declined to comment on the auction to the San Jose Mercury News. "He feels that what he did ruined his life in many ways, and he simply doesn't want to put himself in the media spotlight," Zimet told the newspaper.

    San Jose earned the nickname "Speed City" during that era for its plethora of world-class athletes.
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    Smith won the 200 meters in world-record time before officialls expelled him from the Games along with bronze medallist John Carlos when they bowed their heads during the Star-Spangled Banner and raised their black-gloved fists in protest during the medal ceremony on Oct. 17, 1968.

    As for the glove, Zimet told the newspaper that Smith has lost track of it through the years. Zimet noted that he'd also like to get in touch with Carlos about a similar sale.
     
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    Well, it is his property and his perogative to do what he chooses with it.

    If he had decided to melt it down and have it fashioned into a piece of jewelry, that, too, is his right.

    He earned it and he can sell it if he wants to.

    And his privacy for explaining "why?" is nobody's business but his own.
     
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    sentimental vs capitalism

    Sad that he raised his fist in '68, and caught hell behind that. People NEVER see the message, just the cosmetics of it all.

    Capitialism is a DEBT based system. It forces you to give "it" up SOONER OR LATER.

    A real safety net would be ridding the WORLD of this banking illusion that we follow, that say you owe for a life you didn't ask to lead.

    I understand that he's not forced to sell, but my statement is universal, it may apply in other cases.
     
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    “Tommie has had these items for 42 years and he feels it is time to share them with the sports memorabilia- collecting public,” Zimet said in a telephone interview.


    Smith, 66, intends to use a portion of the profits to help fund his philanthropic endeavors and is not selling the items out of financial distress, Zimet said.....




    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-...from-1968-olympic-protest-in-mexico-city.html
     
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    MS234 Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    DUH!101!

    :fyi:
     
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    cherryblossom Banned MEMBER

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    :fyi: Just because my post followed yours does not equate that it was in response to YOU.
     
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    DUH 101:

     
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