Bob Richards, Olympic gold medal athlete, on the box of Wheaties.
The first sports idol to ever grace the box of Wheaties, may be a white supremacist, reports the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Bob Richards, who won a gold medal in the 1952 and 1956 Olympics games in the pole vault competition and was the first athlete to ever be featured on a Wheaties box, is reported by the SPLC to have had a conversation with William Daniel Johnson, the leader of the American Third Position (A3P), where expressed support for his cause.
A3P states that its mission is to “represent the political interests of White Americans,” hoping to unite disaffected racists and field candidates for political offices across the nation. Johnson, the chairman, is a veteran white supremacist lawyer from Los Angeles who has advocated stripping the citizenship of and deporting millions of non-whites from America.
The SPLC, based in Montgomery, Ala., is claiming that Johnson met with Richards in his ranch outside of Dallas, where he expressed support for his cause.
Johnson reportedly wrote to Richards to tell him about the A3P and its plans to make a short video “on the decay of Western Civilization and what can be done to stop this decline.” The SPLC said that Johnson asked if Richards would consent to an interview for the video, which he said will be posted on the A3P website and on YouTube.