So this is happening.
Jesse Owens at the Berlin Olympics, August 1936.
In August of 1936, American athlete Jesse Owens won four gold medals, setting three world records and tying a fourth in the 100 yard dash, all in front of Adolf Hitler, who had planned to use the games as a tool to promote the physical superiority of the Aryan race.
Funfact- While Hitler was pretty pissed that Owens won, it was Hitler who was gracious enough to actually acknowledge that Owens won.
“Hitler didn’t snub me – it was FDR who snubbed me. The president didn’t even send me a telegram.”
Owens was never invited to the White House to be congratulated, and he never received so much as a word from FDR or from Truman. Whereas Hitler sent Owens a commemorative photograph of himself.
You know you’re fucked up when even Hitler sends somebody a complimentary photograph and you didn’t send them jackshit.
omg, the very idea, Owens owned a personal photograph of hitler…like…the very idea of that just shakes me a bit, the ultimate racist sent you a picture of himself…omg
wow this is truly mindfucking
the fact that the ultimate racist of all racists acknowledged and sent a gift to owens
and america never gave two shits.
can you believe that?
Hitler actually drew much of his inspiration and views on race from the United States, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that Owens wasn’t recognized back home. In Hitler’s view, the US had become a major power by ethnically cleansing the native population, practicing eugenics of “undesirables”, and enslaving inferior races. His idea for concentration camps came directly from America’s policy of segregating remaining populations of African and Native Americans into reservations and ghettos respectively until they die out. Hitler’s plan to expand into the East was also explicitly inspired by America’s successful expansion into the West. The Nazi concept of Lebensraum is no more crazy than the American concept of Manifest Destiny.
Jesse Owens wins the Gold Medal and salutes amidst an army of Nazi salutes.
Hitler saw the Games as an opportunity to promote his government and ideals of racial supremacy, and did not want Jews or Blacks to be allowed to participate in the Games. However, when threatened a boycott of the Games by other nations, he relented and allowed Blacks and Jews to participate, and added one token participant to the German team—a German woman, Helene Mayer, who had a Jewish father.Both Spain and Russia chose not to appear at the 1936 games and America very nearly boycotted it. It is often remembered as the Nazi games and for Jesse Owens winning 4 gold medals.
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Introducing the “What the Hell is Up With This FUCKING Bear and Why is He in So Many Photos With Nazis” masterpost.
For me, the most fucked-up aspect of “Der Fuehrer’s Face” is that one moment at the end when Donald is half-awake. If you’ve ever had a really vivid dream, you know that one moment of confusion upon waking, when your brain still firmly clings to the belief that the events of the dream are real. For one, single, horrible moment, Donald Duck believes in his gut he is a Nazi — in real life — so fervently that he actually bolts upright on his bed and gives a Nazi salute. I love this cartoon, but the philosophical implications of that one moment have always bothered me…
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Official video made of footage from Wizards. (Oh, man. I haven’t seen Wizards in forever. Is it even out on DVD?)
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