A Series of Innocuous Blogs for Vainglorious Edification.
In Memory of the Warsaw Ghetto April 19, 1943
April 17, 2008
May 13, 1931 the International Olympic Committee headed by Belgian
Henri Bailett-Latour awarded the 1936 Olympics Games to Germany. It
was a politically controversial decision; only thirteen years earlier
German aggression in the First World War had been defeated at great
human cost. The Olympic award was meant to signal Germany’s return to
the global community as a reborn, industrious citizen putting politics
aside in favor of international good will and athletics.
sport has only one task: to strengthen the character of the German
people, imbuing it with the fighting spirit and steadfast camaraderie
necessary in the struggle for its existence.”
In the end Brundage won the fight and after the IOC guaranteed their safety, the
U.S. agreed to send a team including sixteen Black men and two Black
women . The Black athletes were all from white universities,
demonstrating the inequity of training facilities at American Black
colleges. But the attitude of many Black newspapers at the time was it
would be better to send athletes who would counter Hitler’s Aryan
propaganda and bolster Black esteem.
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