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Day: September 25, 2017

CAN Takes a Knee

CAN Takes a Knee

Muhammad Ali’s historical refusal to participate in the Vietnam War, roundly denouncing US imperialism abroad and racism at home, was more than simply a landmark moment in sports history; it was a socially transformative event that further legitimized dissent against the war effort. A short while later, the Black Power salute given at the 1968 Olympics, when U.S. track-and-field stars John Carlos and Tommy Smith raised their fists during the US national anthem, also to protest the war in Vietnam,…

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