Civil Rights

San Jose State Icons Set Precedent for Equality Protests at Sochi Olympics

U.S. Olympians Tommie Smith, left, and John Carlos split a pair of gloves and raised their fists in the air at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City to protest the treatment of African Americans in what has been called the “black power salute.” (Photo via AP)

Raising their black-gloved fists in the night air of Mexico City in 1968, Tommie Smith and John Carlos were almost universally condemned. National broadcaster Brent Musberger, then a young sportswriter, referred to the men as “black-skinned stormtroopers.” Bringing home gold and bronze, the Olympic medalists received little more than spite from the country they proudly represented. But the iconic moment transcended sports and politics and time has corrected perspectives. Russia, now the host country of the upcoming Winter Olympics, presents a similar opportunity for athletes across the world to have their voice heard.

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Evan Low and the Latest Civil Rights Fight

Campbell Mayor Evan Low can host a blood drive for his city, but he cannot donate blood because he is gay.

Evan Low, mayor of Campbell, was recently asked by the Red Cross to host a blood drive in his city. The problem? Low is a gay, and gay men are banned from donating blood. The ban is an antiquated policy implemented in 1985 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). But Low is having none of it.

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