Run, Jesse Owens, Run!

Occasionally, I browse IMDB for movie trailers that I later plan to see or bootleg. Don’t judge me because I know all of you do the same, we all bootleg movies–whether it’s torrents, streaming sites, Kodi, or if you’re stuck in 90’s, the barbershop (you know someone is going to come through with the dope DVD’s). I think there should be a balance between bootlegging and paying for films you want to see; at least, that’s what I do.

In browsing the site, I stumbled upon ‘Race,’ a movie that I encourage all to see. It drops February 19, 2016 across the US and is a movie about Jesse Owens and his quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history. His urge to compete thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces Adolf Hitler’s vision of Aryan supremacy. Now, I will be the first to admit that I am tired of films that preach the same song, you know, the ‘we shall overcome’ theme. I have accepted that our history, African American history is filled with overcoming and beating odds that we aren’t supposed to. Is there a better history to have? Taking the BS and disadvantages you’ve been handed and turning it into gold is triumphant! Being placed in uncomfortable positions and making them feel like grandma’s couch is what we do!

Jesse Owens embodies this ideology. Long before the raised fists at the 1968 Olympics, there was another powerful statement made while the world was watching. Close to 30 years earlier, in 1936, Jesse entered Nazi Germany determined to show Hitler and the rest of the world, we as African Americans have something to say. Wish I could have witnessed his expression after Jesse dusted off his supposedly superior athletes to win four (4) Gold Medals. In some ways, we’re still fighting those same battles, to show the world that we as African Americans have something to say. However, nothing has changed; we’ll continue to overcome and whip the asses of odds placed against us!


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