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Wednesday, August 06, 2008

A raised fist for the 2000's    

With the Olympics beginning, and Joey Cheek, founder of Team Darfur, a collection of olympic athletes dedicated to raising awareness of the atrocities in Sudan, barred from visiting China to support his teammates and speak out, I've been thinking of other ways that the athletes can make a statement, a la Tommie Smith and John Carlos in 1968.

I think that Hope Solo ripping off her jersey to reveal a shirt saying "Free Darfur" would be pretty good. I think Kobe throwing down a slam, dropping trou, and revealing a tattoo saying, "China, tell me how your genocide tastes" would be better, but probably hard to read.

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