I’ve never seen a GIF of this.
I was just reading about this during a wiki binge on Olympics incidents and did a little research on it. I never knew how deep the message was that Smith and Carlos were trying to send. Just about everything they wore and how they wore it had symbolism attached to it. (unzipped tracksuits for solidarity with blue collar workers, necklace of beads for lynching victims, etc) Calling it a “black power salute” is really reductive and it’s a shame (and predictable) that if it’s taught at all, that’s what it’s boiled down to.
Another thing I didn’t know: the Australian guy who came in second wore a patch for solidarity with them, he was protesting racist Australian immigration policies. When he passed away, Smith and Carlos were pallbearers at his funeral.
There was just a thing on NPR about a documentary that the australian guy’s son (i think) did and just being released about this—it was super interesting, but also incredibly sad, all three of these guys (the two americans far more than the australian, but still) suffered a huge economic backlash and major consequences for this action—and the only thing I could think when I heard the story was how sad i was that it happened back then and not now, cuz i would’ve fund raised like a mother fucker for them.
I missed the pallbearers part on the first read. Now I’m fixated on it. Also, these guys do have names: Tommie Smith, John Carlos, Peter Norman.