The leader of a Christian sports ministry is chiding President Obama for his actions last week at a ceremony honoring the U.S Olympic athletes.
The president honored the athletes by welcoming them to the White House last Thursday. John Carlos and Tommie Smith - the athletes who raised their clenched fists in their infamous "Black Power" salute on the medal stand at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City - were invited guests at the ceremony.
Steve McConkey, president of 4 Winds Christian Athletics, says paying tribute to the "Black Power" protesters sends the wrong message because they sided with the Black Panthers.
"It is an organization that promotes violence and fear,” he says. “I have nothing against protesting; people have a right to protest. But to associate it with a Marxist overthrow of the United States government at that time, that's where I have a problem."
He also accused President Obama of doing the "Black Power" salute.
"During the celebration, Obama raised his right hand like the salute to the Black Panthers,” he says. “Kind of a scary moment to me; I don't think it's good, especially in the current climate [of racial tensions] to lift his arm up and identify himself with the Black Panthers."
McConkey says once again, the president has sided with the radical Left.
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