I’m pretty sure everyone has seen, heard, or read about the Famous Tommie Smith and John Carlos black power fist at the 1968 summer Olympics.

But have you seen, heard, or read about Vincent Matthews and Wayne Collett? 4 years later after going gold and silver in the 400m race at the 1972 Summer Olympics. Matthews and Collett did not stand in the salute position while the American National Anthem was playing. They actually held a conversation with each other, and acted oblivious to the National anthem. (Respect)

In a later interview after the incident, Wayne said, the national anthem meant nothing to him. He explained that he had felt unable to honor the anthem because of the struggle faced by African-Americans at the time “I couldn’t stand there and sing the words because I don’t believe they’re true. I wish they were. I believe we have the potential to have a beautiful country, but I don’t think we do” Statements like this need to be heard, you can’t have us winning gold medals for this country but then treat us like shit, it doesn’t work like that! More of our black athletes need to have their courage.

Post made by: @Oba_Tayo

13,202 notes

  1. bornandraisednationalcity reblogged this from ahhhjizzz
  2. guesstimations-with-big-munch reblogged this from wistfullydreaming
  3. aperilly reblogged this from sempiterna
  4. hailtothefreaks1027 reblogged this from fadedhues
  5. fadedhues reblogged this from sempiterna
  6. sempiterna reblogged this from lenadreamsingold
  7. naxery reblogged this from hellacubed
  8. themisunderstoodfuckup reblogged this from dopedoughnut
  9. quiettale reblogged this from the8thmercenary
  10. the8thmercenary reblogged this from sancophaleague
  11. clares-facade reblogged this from checkprivilege
  12. krumb-s reblogged this from sandboxsimba
  13. biebruh reblogged this from thatnaturalflowtho
  14. hippierickierick reblogged this from ratedmirr
  15. tinoxcvi reblogged this from ratedmirr
  16. firstqueenz-lastkingz reblogged this from tryllvester
  17. uniquenessbihhhh reblogged this from ratedmirr
  18. noonesuspectsthegoldfish reblogged this from evolutia
  19. ratedmirr reblogged this from tryllvester
  20. tryllvester reblogged this from evolutia
  21. sandiroseskips reblogged this from thedaveheart
  22. mishraartificer reblogged this from evolutia
  23. thedaveheart reblogged this from evolutia
  24. evolutia reblogged this from wes-eskimo
  25. screeching-measel reblogged this from greatboobsfortheproletariat
  26. pringlesninja21 reblogged this from suzetteisblue
  27. hellacubed reblogged this from the-barghinator
To Tumblr, Love Pixel Union