AT EVERY event where the fist-raising, 1968 Olympic protester John Carlos speaks, he always remembers with respect the silver medalist on that platform, the great Australian sprinter Peter Norman.
On that fateful day, Norman wore a patch in solidarity with gold medal winner Tommie Smith and Carlos, and he paid a terrible price upon returning home. Even though Norman was white, or maybe because Norman was white, he became a pariah for daring to stand up for human rights.
As Carlos says, "Never forget that there was a time that Australia was as bad as South Africa in terms of its racial policies." He's right. At the time there were laws explicitly aimed to dehumanize the indigenous Australian--often referred to as the Aboriginal--population.
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