It was going to be just a gesture of reconciliation, a long overdue welcome back for sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos, an invitation for them to be part of the Olympic family in the United States again after nearly 50 years as institutional outcasts.
Now, thanks to an accident of timing and the good intentions of the U.S. Olympic Committee leadership, it can be so much more.
There is a backstory here, and I will talk about it later. But, right up front, it should be said that the USOC’s asking the two 1968 Mexico City medalists to be U.S. Olympic ambassadors and to accompany members of the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic teams on their White House visit Thursday is an important statement in these troubled times for our nation.
“The conversation they started in 1968 is still relevant today. They are still relevant today,” USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky said.Read More