How Did Jesse Owens Change The World

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James Cleveland "Jesse" Owens was an American track and field athlete and four-time Olympic gold medalist. Owens specialized in the sprints and the long jump and was recognized in his lifetime as "perhaps the greatest and most famous athlete in track and field history" .Jesse was a spectacular athlete who worked hard everyday before school, since after school he worked as he was in middle school. Once he got to high school he was just getting better and better, he equalled the world record of 9.4 seconds in the 100-yard dash and long-jumped 24 feet 9 1⁄2 inches at the 1933 National High School Championship in Chicago. For Jesse being a student and an athlete of color making such records and doing something amazing must have been a great feeling…show more content…
In 1936 Owens said “To me, politics has no part to play on the field of strife and competition”. Owens broke barriers, as he raced he made it seem like it didn 't matter the color of your skin was because they were all athlete competing for the same goal. His achievements could have been a political act. In the way that the world should have seen how he even beat white people and looked at the fact that making these barriers in society should have ended and he should have been celebrated the way any other athlete would have. That alone should have changed the world’s outlook on everything. Owens expected to have at least a telegram from FDR and he didnt even get that so his views were probably that he expected something to change as well but when it didn’t he didn’t dwell and become bitter, He accepted it for what it was and did not let it rule his life. He might argue that he used the games to show that blacks are not inferior to whites. He used it for the better good of the world. He wanted society 's view to change on the way they perceived black athletes. He could probably say he didn’t do it for political aspects but for his people, for other athletes who didn’t think that they could do what he did because they were a minority but he changed it for them who continued to do better for themselves. I agree with what he was trying to do in the separation of sports and politics, I think it is a great thing for the two completely different worlds to be separate. The world of sports is where you 're judged on how you perform, not by the color or your skin, how much you weigh and so on. The world of politics is where you are judged by what you believe and by what you do. Athletes shouldn 't have to worry about the political aspects of things, but the coaches and staff should be the ones dealing with things like that, athletes need to focus on the game and the training.You don 't need to think about so many different things when sports go on, but who you root for
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