Jesse Owens Scales of Injustice


In a challenge to traditional ideas of separating sport from politics, ‘Scales of Injustice’ is an example of the power of sport to bridge cultural and political barriers.

Jesse Owens (middle) and Marty Glickman (left), a Jewish athlete who was deselected from the USA team at the 1936 Olympics, stand alongside Lutz Long, a German athlete who befriended Jesse during the competition.

Jesse holds a pair of Adidas running shoes, which he was sponsored to wear by the German company.

At the right edge of the painting are Hitler and Himmler, whilst at the left edge is Sasha Obama, representing liberty and equality.

The painting shows their international competition, but also their internal issues for equality.