As evidenced by Edwards and Evans, the OPHR genuinely supported the anti-apartheid campaign, but foremost, Edwards attempted to use the development to attract support for the OPHR's goal of building an African American boycott to protest domestic discrimination.
As such, during the anti-apartheid campaign (February-May 1968), Edwards attempted to situate the OPHR as the principal vehicle of U.
In addition to carrying articles sympathetic to both the OPHR and the anti-apartheid boycott, it focused on the heinousness of apartheid.
As such, most liberals initially opposed the OPHR for the same reasons they opposed the anti-war movement; because it would provide the Soviets with a significant instance of racial propaganda, which would allow conservatives to slander the Black Freedom Movement as unpatriotic.
Influenced by this argument, the majority of liberals, including many sympathetic African Americans, initially condemned the OPHR.
None of these entities, however, endorsed the OPHR, which probably reflected concerns that the Black Power group was duped by Communists.
Despite mainstream condemnation of the OPHR as unpatriotic, the ACOA collaborated with the group.
Prior to SAOC's invitation, the traditional African American press had debated the OPHR and overwhelmingly concluded that Olympic participation was a better means of advancing the race than a boycott.
Bohler's Vietnam analogy, as well as the Black Power Conference's resolution that lead to the OPHR, reflected continental Pan-Africanism's influence on the emergence of Black Power.
Black Power movements like the OPHR declared that improving resources in minority communities and the equal treatment of African Americans within institutions were as important as integration.
Immediately following the IOC's reversal of SAOC's invitation, liberal support for the OPHR dissipated.
57) Over the remaining five months until the Olympics, despite mainstream assertions that the OPHR had expired, Edwards, with the aid of other Black Power activists, nationalists, and leftists continued to make the OPHR a newsworthy item.