Adolf Hitler
Jesse Owens

Why was Adolf Hitler against Jesse Owens?


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Think about Hitler's mindset for a few seconds and you'll have your answer. Hitler believed in the primacy of the so-called "Aryan race", a false construct that emphasized the superiority of archetypal blond-haired, blue-eyed Nordic people (note of course that Hitler was neither blond nor blue-eyed!) Other ethnic groups, in particular blacks and Jews, were seen as what the Nazis called "Untermenschen", roughly "sub-humans". A black American athlete who triumphed over the supposedly superior German athletes would clearly expose the Nazis' racism for what it was.