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Tommie Smith
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Athlete
    (June 6, 1944- )
    Born in Clarksville, Texas
    Won the gold medal in the 200-meters (1968)
    With bronze medalist John Carlos, delivered a black power salute during the medal ceremony
    Played football for the Cincinnati Bengals (1969-71)
    Inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame (1978)
    Wrote the autobiography 'Silent Gesture' (2007)
    Many considered his and Carlos' gesture disrespectful.
    He and Carlos were kicked off the relay team and escorted out of the Olympic village following their protest.
    Brent Musberger called him and Carlos 'black-skinned stormtroopers.'
    He and Carlos disagree about who came up with the idea for the protest.
    He said, 'On the track you are Tommie Smith, the fastest man in the world, but in the dressing rooms, you are nothing more than a dirty Negro.'
    He set a world record at the Olympics.
    He received death threats over his protest.
    He commented, 'When you have a platform, use it. You're kind of dumb if you don't.'

Credit: C. Fishel


    In 2018, Out of 194 Votes: 57.73% Annoying
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    In 2013, Out of 27 Votes: 62.96% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 65 Votes: 78.46% Annoying
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    In 2008, Out of 42 Votes: 61.90% Annoying
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