chapter  14
Discursive Practices, Linguistic Repertoire, and Racial Identities
ByJohn Baugh
Pages 14

A discussion of this kind could easily fall prey to the misleading implication of linguistic supremacy, that is, in the sense that discursive practices are dominated by language usage, which is why our discussion begins with a powerful illustration of nonverbal discursive practice with overt racial symbolism. During the 1968 Olympics two African American athletes, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, won gold and bronze medals respectively in the men’s 200 meter race. Tommie Smith set a world record for the event on that day, and Australian Peter Norman took second place in the event, sharing the winner’s podium with the two African American athletes.