The Triumph of Jesse Owens at the Berlin Olympics

There have been several truly memorable moments in black history where the conspicuous incorrectness of racial discrimination has been dramatically put on display. The 1936 Olympics in Hitler’s Germany might be one of the most dramatic because of what the madman wanted to happen and what actually happened.

Hitler was delighted to host the Olympics because he felt it was a chance to put on display one of his center philosophical concepts which was the superiority of the Aryan race. Or to put it more bluntly, Hitler desired to show the superiority of the white man on the Olympic fields. Retrospecting on his arrogance, and knowing what we do today, you marvel how he could have been so profoundly wrong about something. But if he had never questioned that theory, he should have granted it serious review after the Berlin Olympics.

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