Clemson’s win over Alabama in college football’s national championship game didn’t impress sports writer Dave Zirin. But his scathing critique in The Nation missed the point.
The movie paints in overly broad strokes, but it captures many of the facts about the history-making track athlete. It also offers a fine perspective on the racial politics of the 1930s and the burgeoning civil rights movement of that day.
When John Carlos raised his fist in a salute at the 1968 Olympic Games, he encouraged untold numbers of people to continue fighting for racial and economic justice. Today, he says, the control corporations exert over professional athletes makes such an act impossible to imagine.