John Carlos was born June 5, 1945, and at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, he stood with Tommie Smith, fists raised in solidarity and protest. That iconic image remains a powerful message:
The message today?
The inexcusable inequity of the US education system and its place within the era of mass incarceration labeled the New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander need a raised fist moment.
US public education and the US criminal justice system remain plagued by racial and economic inequity. They are a shared disgrace for a free people.