by Jac'Son from Riverview
One of the best. My Hero is James Cleveland "Jesse" Owens a
track and field athlete who broke the color barrier. He was the first
black person to win four gold medals in one meet at the 1936 Berlin
Olympics. During the games Adolf Hitler was there discriminating.
Jesse Owens is my hero because he showed African-Americans
that anything is possible if you put your mind to it and follow
your dream. Owens was born on September 12, 1913. As a young
boy Jesse was often too sick to help his brothers and sisters in
the fields. He had eight brothers and sisters. He was born in
Oakville, Alabama, and when he was nine his family moved to
Cleveland, Ohio. Jesse went to Ohio State University. In college
Jesse did track and field. He also won medals.
Owens went to Berlin after the hard decision he had to
make to see if he wanted to go or not because of the
discrimination. Some didn't want him to go because all the
discrimination he was having in America. People thought it
would be worst in Germany. When he got in Berlin he got custom
shoes made by the founder of Adidas (Adolf Dassler). Jesse won
gold medals in the 100 meter, 200 meter, long jump, and 4 by 100
meter relay. In Berlin he was competing against Luz Long for
the long jump it was a great battle but Owens came out on top.
During this time Jews were disliked by Germans Adolf Hitler
put them in camps. There were two Jews on the U.S.A. Team.
The coach took the Jews out of the 4 by 100 relay, because the
coach didn't want any trouble with Adolf Hitler. Jesse didn't
think this was right so he didn't compete until the Jews that
was on the team said it was okay for him to compete in their place.
Adolf Hitler didn't want to shake Jesse's hand so he had
someone say that he left for an emergency that had come up to avoid
shaking Jesse's hand. During, the Olympics Jesse had to overcome all
of the discrimination that the Germans were bearing on him. Owens
single-handedly crushed Adolf Hitler myth about Aryan supremacy.
The Aryan Supremacy is White supremacy or white supremacism is a
racist ideology centered upon the belief, and promotion of the belief,
that white people are superior in certain characteristics, traits, and
attributes to people of other racial backgrounds and that therefore
white people should politically, economically and socially rule non-
white people. This was the first Olympics broadcasted on National
Jesse Owens is my hero because he broke the color barrier in
track and field and single-handedly crushed Adolf Hitler myth about
Aryan supremacy. Jesse was the first person to win four gold medals
in one Olympic meet, and he was an African-American. That's what
made him unique.
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