December 7, 2011
John Carlos, as a sprinter who represented the United States in the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, is a hero for the stand he took at the games. There, he raised his fist to protest mistreatment of blacks in America. Undoubtedly, he was unaware of the amount of torment and isolation he would face upon returning home.
The infamous salute became a powerful image because there are few moments when sports and politics intertwine. Sports is often seen as an escape from whatever conflict, injustice or social hardship is taking place outside the boundaries of athletic competition.