Jesse Owens (1913-1980), an American athlete and “the world’s fastest human”, won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics. And he, a Black man, the grandson of slaves, did it at the Olympics held in Berlin, the heart of Nazi Germany. Hitler himself watched as Owens showed the world that Aryans were hardly the master race.So begins Abagond's excellent post on Jesse Owens. It got me thinking about a clip I'd seen from Bill Burr also talking about Jesse Owens.
Now, I know Burr tends to leave a nasty aftertaste in some folks' mouths, and again...I don't fault anyone for it. Most of his work leaves me deeply concerned as well.
That all being said, here are the rules of engagement:
1) If you're going to join the discussion, you have to watch the clip from beginning to end. Burr doesn't talk about Jesse right away; he lays a foundation first before building up to him.
2) If you don't want to watch the clip, fine. Try to just lurk on this one because nothing's more irritating than conversing with someone who hasn't brought themselves fully up to speed on a subject.
3) Needless to say, give Abagond's post a gander.