Not Just a Game: Politics and Power in American Sports

by John Carlos & Dave Zirin

John Carlos, winner of the bronze medal in the men's 200-meter race at the 1968 Summer Olympics, entered the Olympic Games with one thing in mind -- to reach the platform in order to send a message. The striking image of John Carlos raising his black-gloved fist on the platform at the 1968 Summer Olympics has become an iconic image. The image is well known, but his story is not. Dr. John Carlos, along with renowned American sportswriter Dave Zirin, examine how American sports glamorize militarism, racism, sexism, and homophobia and look at a history of rebel athletes who have fought for justice. 

This program was a collaboration between "Intersections" and the Sports Leadership Club.

Dr. John Carlos and Dave Zirin gave a campus-wide address on Thursday, February 2, 2012.

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