Jesse Owens Carried a Picture of Hitler in his Back Pocket…

…Because he Treated him Better than FDR

Yolanda Spivey — BOSS July 18, 2014

jesse owensDuring the Olympic games, Adolf Hιtler did the unthinkable. He shook hands with a Black man—and that Black man was Olympic champion Jesse Owens. The year was 1936 and the place Berlin Germany. Jesse Owens had just won four gold medals at the event, putting him on the map as one of the greatest athletes in the world.

The win stumped Hitler, who was under the impression that his men were going to be victors at the Olympics, given that they were of a supposedly “superior” race. It angered him to see Jesse Owens winning those Olympic medals. But still, Hitler shook his hand, giving Owens the respect that he deserved.

The United States President at the time was Franklin D. Roosevelt or better known as FDR; and racism in America was not hidden but worn well on America’s sleeves. While many believed FDR to be a fair and just President, others believed that he was a bigot who detested Black people. An example of this is when he allowed labor unions to exclude Blacks from work during the Great Depression. And although he spoke out against the lynching of Black men and women, he knew that his newly enacted New Deal program didn’t benefit Blacks the way it did their white counterparts.

The 1936 Berlin Olympics was important because the world was at war and Hιtler had a point to prove. Not only did he want to promote his government, he wanted prove his theory that Aryans were superior to Blacks and Jews. He even went as far as to say that the two racial groups shouldn’t participate in the Olympic Games, but after other nations threatened to boycott the Olympics, he relented.

One would think that President Franklin D. Roosevelt would’ve been overjoyed seeing a fellow American winning GOLD at the Olympics—crushing the furor’s theories and putting America back on the map as a global super power. But was FDR upset that a Black man beat out an Aryan man for the Olympic gold?

FDR didn’t do anything to honor Jesse Owens after his prolific Olympic win—nor did he acknowledge his victory. And while the media went on the tirade reporting false news that the German leader refused to shake Jesse Owens hands, it turned out that the story was a lie.

In fact, Jesse Owens wrote in his autobiography, “Hιtler didn’t snub me—it was FDR who snubbed me. The president didn’t even send me a telegram.”

President Franklin D. Roosevelt never invited Jesse Owens to the White House or hold a ticker tape parade in his honor which is customary for American athletes.

Instead it was Hιtler who sent Owens “a commemorative inscribed cabinet photograph of himself.” And according to the MailOnline.co.uk, legendary sports reporter Siegfried Mischner, 83, Owens carried around a photograph of Hιtler in his wallet.

Mischner reported that in the 1960’s, Owens was desperately trying to change the unfair reports on the furor’s attitude towards him and was trying to get journalists to report on the truth of what really happened at the 1936 Olympic games.

Mischner told the MailOline.co.uk, “It {the photograph} was taken behind the honor stand and so not captured by the world’s press. But I saw it, I saw him shaking Hitler’s hand.”

Mischner further stated that the reason why they never reported on the truth although they saw it with their very own eyes was because “Hιtler had to continue to be painted in a bad light in relation to Owens.”

Owens always proclaimed that he was treated better in Germany than in the United States where Blacks faced segregation and unbearable discrimination. In 1955, President Dwight D. Eisenhower finally recognized Jesse Owens achievements, and honored the American hero by naming him an “Ambassador of Sports.” But this was nearly 20 years after his Olympic victory.

Do you think FDR secretly was hoping that the Germans would win, proving the theory that Whites were superior to Blacks and Jews?

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