Hamilton like Ali: Sport becomes a minor matter
Lewis Hamilton used a podium appearance to get rid of a political message. This makes him more and more the second Muhammad Ali
In Mexico 1968, 200-meter Olympic gold medalist Smith held up his right fist at the award ceremony. It was the mark of the “Black Power” movement, which denounced racism and unjust treatment of the Afro-American population in the USA.
The IOC then suspended the US sprinters from the competitions. Reason: The gesture does not reflect the spirit of the Olympic Games. Political statements have no place there.
Hamilton won his 90th race at Mugello
Hamilton followed in Smith ‘footsteps at Mugello. Even at the traditional anti-racism ceremony before the Grand Prix of Tuscany, he wore a T-shirt that read: “Arrest the murderers of Breonna Taylor.” On the back was a large photo of the 26-year-old African-American who died in March of this year during a drug search in the hail of bullets by three police officers who allegedly broke into her home without warning and opened fire immediately. Above the photo was the sentence: “Say your name.”
Many American sports stars have already taken up the case and criticized the fact that the three police officers were not tried. Hamilton now joined this protest. After his victory in Mugello, he ended the first interview with the winners with the sentence: “Justice for Breonna Taylor”.
At the award ceremony he again demonstratively put on the T-shirt, declaring the sport to be a minor matter. In the press conference after the race, he added. “It cannot be that the police can still run around freely and continue to be racist. You have to draw attention to it. “
Hamilton is an avowed fan of the boxer legend. He once said to AUTO BILD MOTORSPORT reporters in an interview: “For me, he is the greatest athlete of all time. Not only because of his successes, but also because of his personality, his moral courage. Because of the values he stood for. For his social commitment. For what he has done for all colored people around the world. How he consistently stood up for human rights. “