Majora Carter, 41, was one of the Olympic torch bearers as the flame made its way through San Francisco. During her run, she pulled out a small Tibetan flag “to condemn China’s human rights abuses in the Himalayan province.” (source)
Some people prefer that China continue its genocidal and illegal occupation of Tibet. They have a right to that opinion. However, here is what pisses me off… the Olympic Torch is accompanied by a Chinese Paramilitary Squad — right here on our own soil.
The government that gave us the Tiananmen Square massacre, a disgust for freedom of expression that would even offend the Bush family, and a virtual dim sum cart of human rights abuses has its thugs running security on American soil!
This cadre of gang members honed their expertise in martial arts, marksmanship and hand-to-hand combat, and are trained to brutally suppress demonstrations and farmer’s uprisings in China which routinely result in the slaughter of scores of protesters who dare stand up to the Communist police state. (source)
In the U.K., the group came under criticism for its heavy-handed tactics used to suppress criticism of the Communist Chinese regime (source). I’m infuriated enough when I think of Chinese brown-shirts suppressing expression on the streets of London, but I have enough American pride that I presumed it wouldn’t happen here.
No such luck.
It is bad enough that we’ve been sucking the Chinese national cock economically and politically for at least 20 years, but now we have gone so far as to let their goons attack our citizens for exercising their First Amendment rights.
When Carter pulled out the Tibetan flag, the Chinese goons “pounced”, took away the flag, and handed her over to police. (source)
Communist Chinese-style political oppression came to San Francisco on Wednesday when police, acting on the orders of Chinese paramilitary cops, removed and shoved to the sidewalk an Olympic torch bearer for displaying a Tibetan flag, as the woman’s pleas that she had the right to free speech as an American citizen fell on deaf ears.
After seizing the Tibetan flag, the blue tracksuit-clad specially trained Chinese paramilitary police thugs who manhandled protesters in London made the torch bearer known to the San Francisco police were all too willing to do their dirty work for them. (source)
Naturally, the above-quoted source is as biased as I am. Nevertheless, the event happened. On American soil, Chinese goons attacked an American citizen for exercising her First Amendment rights and then, even worse, gave orders to American police that were complicit in the act.
Who is to blame? I blame our own people. We have gone from land of the free and home of the brave to the land of the mewling cowards.
Fellow torch-bearer Richard Doran, 57, a retired FDNY firefighter, called Carter’s maverick move “disgusting and appalling.”
“I think she dishonored herself and her family, and if she wanted to do that, she should’ve given up her spot to someone else,” said Doran, 57, who carried the torch wearing his Rescue 4 helmet to honor firefighters killed on 9/11.
Retired NYPD cop Jim Dolan, 64, who also carried the flame, agreed, saying, “That was not the time and place to do it. We were there to represent the best of American citizens.”
Coca-Cola officials, who invited Carter to participate in the relay, were also chagrined.
“It’s unfortunate that Ms.Carter used an invitation to participate in the torch relay as a platform to make a personal, political statement,” company flack Kelly Brooks said. (source)
Lets break it down, a firefighter who was honoring the memory of Americans killed on 9/11 thinks that it Carter’s conduct was shameful, but has nothing to say about the Chinese thugs. A
cop pig doesn’t realize that when we support the human rights of others, we ARE representing the best of American citizens. Hell, even something as American as Coca-Cola is anti-freedom.
This isn’t the first time that this kind of thing has happened. Last summer, during a soccer match at the University of Utah involving a Chinese team, fans were ejected for waving Tibetan flags. (source) Don’t believe me? Watch the video.
Does anyone know how to say “yes, massa!” in Chinese? We had better practice.
Japan and Australia, on the other hand, are still apparently sovereign nations. (source)
Jim Dolan, Richard Doran, and Kelly Brooks, you get ass-hat awards, while Majora Carter gets a First Amendment Bad Ass nod.
UPDATE: Jon Katz has an excellent post on this story here.