John Carlos, 1968 Olympian, Speaks Out on LGBT Rights
“You need to follow your conscience, follow your heart and follow your wisdom.” Interview by Dave Zirin, The Nation.
DZ: Let me ask you this: How does it make you feel to have someone like Billie Jean King and all of these athletes—they’re white, brown, black; they’re either part of the LGBT community or they have friends or family members who are LGBT—and they see you as an inspiration. How does that feel?
JC: Well, it makes me feel good. You know, we can’t put labels or tags on one another. All we can say is that we’re just human beings. And we should try to remember, regardless of what your ethnic background is, or what your sexual preference is, or what type of food you like, it doesn’t matter. It just matters that we all have the right to be who we are in this society. And we need to keep fighting to make sure that there’s an even playing field for all people that are being oppressed.
Via Patrick Kelty: Benjamin Bratton looks at the ongoing pseudo-intellectual schlockfest that is TED, which stands for “middlebrow megachurch infotainment.”
Instead of dumbing-down the future, we need to raise the level of general understanding to the level of complexity of the systems in which we are embedded and which are embedded in us. This is not about “personal stories of inspiration”, it’s about the difficult and uncertain work of demystification and reconceptualisation: the hard stuff that really changes how we think. More Copernicus, less Tony Robbins.