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John Carlos
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    (June 5, 1945- )
    Born in Harlem, New York
    Won the bronze medal in the 200 meters (1968)
    With gold medalist Tommie Smith, delivered a black power salute during the medal ceremony
    Played football with the Philadelphia Eagles (1970)
    Inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame (2003)
    Many considered his and Smith's gesture disrespectful.
    He and Smith were kicked off the relay team and escorted out of the Olympic village following their protest.
    He and Smith disagree about who came up with the idea for the protest.
    He said, 'We're sort of show horses out there for the white people. They give us peanuts, pat us on the back and say, 'Boy you did fine.'
    He claims that he let Smith win at the Olympics because the gold medal meant more to Smith than to him. (Presumably, he also 'let' Smith set the world record in the race.)
    Smith said, 'I don't think John Carlos likes me even now. I don't think Carlos likes many people.'
    He and Smith received death threats over their protest.
    The Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee hired him to serve as a liaison to the inner city.
    He responded to complaints that he and Smith had injected politics into the Olympics by asking, 'Why do you have to wear the uniform of your country? Why do they play national anthems? Why do we have to beat the Russians?'

Credit: C. Fishel

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