Friday, February 04, 2005

Max Schmeling died today. Or last night. Former heavyweight boxing champion. German. If I remember right, and you can correct me if I'm wrong, Schmeling got caught up in the whole Nazi master race ideology. I don't know whether he believed in it himself, but the regime used him for its own propaganda purposes.

And who beat him? I do believe it was Joe Louis. A black man. Americans were ecstatic. And this at a time when it would have been inconceivable to have him sitting in the front of the bus, let alone have an arena named after him......

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