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Smith and Carlos were a product of their times

As courageous as Tommie Smith and John Carlos were in 1968, remember that they were also a product of a time of protests.

Updated: July 21, 2008, 7:15 PM ET
By Todd Boyd | Special to Page 2

Few images in the history of American culture over the past 40 years rival the one of John Carlos and Tommie Smith standing on the victory platform at the 1968 Olympic Summer Games in Mexico City with their raised fists thrust high in the air. Back then, Carlos and Smith were considered heroic by some, but roundly hated by many others. As the passage of time has given us the opportunity to put their actions into the proper context, their supporters can now feel vindicated while their detractors ...

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