Scam, kidnap by South African police

Scam, kidnap by South African police

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Olympic Salute. SJ Dodgson. MJoTA 2012 v6n2 p0729

Last night, the half-moon was up and the night was warm, but when I got off the train at 10pm and started my walk past Independence Hall, the skies opened and rain poured down.

I walked past the Constitution Center, Independence Hall, the building that published Ladies Home Journal and Saturday Evening Post, the church that laid out son of France Stephen Girard who owned banks and funded both the Girard College for orphans and the war of 1812 (that is what the placard says), the place where 20 east Europeans nations declared independence from Russia in 1918.

A short walk and so much industry and liberty everywhere. And then I came to a sign I had not seen before, marking the spot where Jamaicans jubilantly marched to celebrate emancipation day on Aug 1, 1842, and were beaten up by a crowd of "white men" and buildings were burned down. Good God. You can read the words on the sign if you zoom in to the picture. Across the road is a church that was the first built by Richard Allen as the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Humans and their descendants kidnapped in undeclared wars were the sons and daughters of Africa freed in 1838 in Jamaica. All humans were declared free in Pennsylvania in 1787. Some 60 years before the riot. Jamaica news and videos click here.

This finding came in the evening of Day 2 of the Olympic Games in London. In the afternoon I saw the picture of the salute for human rights in 1968 during the gold-medal playing of the US national anthem, and read about the vilification of the gold and bronze medalists making the salute, and the silver medalist with a badge from their civil rights organization pinned to his chest.

The salute was a cry against barriers to education and opportunities for sons and daughter of Africa, a cry against indignities suffered in small and great ways against sons and daughters of Africa. A cry against a brutal disruption of a peaceful demonstration celebrating emancipation of Jamaicans in the cradle of independence in the Americas.

1968. Gosh. Australia had voted the previous year to permit aborigines to be humans, a national referendum gave the sons and daughters of Australia the right to vote. From 1962 we were dragged into the Vietnam War, and from 1965 young Australian men were conscripted by lottery into the Australian army to fight alongside American troops in Vietnam. In general, young Australians whom I knew disliked white Americans and the rulers of America. And we were waking up to the government-sanctioned genocide of the sons and daughters of Australia. Meanwhile, in Biafra, 12 million sons and daughters of Africa were fighting for their lives against Russian, British and American weapons and interests, and by January 1970, 3 million had died. Biafra stories click here.

Above, Tommie Smith celebrating Kwanzaa at the African Burial Ground in Manhattan on Dec 27, 2013. He told me he still runs.

Below, picture of Peter Norman, Tommie Smith and John Carlos on the winners' stand after the Olympic medal race for 200 m.

This picture is in the public domain and was copied from Wikipedia.
African Burial Ground and Museum in New York City click here
The African American Museum of Philadelphia is 2 blocks from Independence Hall, for pictures and stories from the exhibition Freedom Riders click here.

40 years after that, the greatest victory of all was won: a son of Kenya was elected president of the United States. Kenya click here.

The 1968 Olympics salute had ripples, waves, tsunamis. The Australian Peter Norman was taken into the hearts and souls of the other medalists. His running career was effectively destroyed, even though he qualified he was not permitted to join the Australian team in 1972 in Munich.

Peter Norman died in Australia 2006 and the gold and bronze medalists came all the way from America to be his pall-bearers.

I am brimming with pride that an Australian trained as a butcher and as a football player and with an endless sea of compassion did the right thing based on a decision he had to make in a few seconds. And that for the rest of his life he was so greatly loved by sons of Africa who were great American patriots. Because America is about liberty. God bless America.