In These Troubling Times, Let's Reflect On The Legacy Of Jesse Owens
Huffington Post - over 1 year
I really like leap years. Leap years coincide with Olympic years -- which means we get a never-ending supply of aesthetics, suspense, and emotions on TV during the month of August.
The Games always take place within a wider context. In 2016, our planet is in a state of turmoil in the face of extreme terrorism. Therefore, this year's Olympic Games painfully call to mind those of 1936, when the terror of the Third Reich had already instilled the hatred of Jews.
But 80 years ago, faced with the rising horror, a man made history in the span of 10 seconds. Right in the midst of racial segregation in the United States, Jesse Owens, the grandson of slaves, made the choice to go to the Berlin Games, and win, right in front of an enraged Hitler.
The gods of the stadium are those who bring people together, and not those who divide people for a treacherous and ephemeral reign.
Before the whole world's eyes, a black man earned four Olympic gold medals, destroying theories of th...
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