On February 1968 South Africa was reaccepted to the International Olympic Committee. This situation brought about the no-show possibility of a group of African, Asian, Caribbean and Eastern European nations, and even African-American athletes, to the olympic games in Mexico City on October of that year. This article explores the circumstances around the reacceptance of South Africa to the International Olympic Committee, the arguments in favor or against this decision and the strategy of the Mexican organizers to inhibit the presence of this country in Mexico City. In this context one of the cultural icons of the Twentieth Century, the famous photography of Tommie Smith, Peter Norman and John Carlos in the award ceremony of the 200 meters sprint running event, is reevaluated.
Rodríguez Kuri, A. (2015). Geopolítica de la raza. Sudáfrica, Estados Unidos y boicot en los juegos olímpicos de 1968. Estudios de Historia Moderna Contemporanea de Mexico, 50, 45–62. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ehmcm.2015.10.001