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Emperor Haile Selassie Wept

Another Tizita from old magazines.This time from May 9, 1966 edition of The NewsWeek that relates an incident in which  the Emperor wept at Kingston airport while on a visit to Jamaica.

Does anyone out there  has any idea  what made the Emperor cry? What was on his mind? The weeping Jesus in the Bible?

Read the whlole text.

As the heir to a dynastiy that traces its lineage back to the Queen of Sheba ,Ethiopia’s Emperor Haile Selassie presumably ought to be recognized as an anachoronism in modern africa.In fact, by skillfull maneuver ,the 73-year-old Conquering Lion of the Tirbe of Judah has somewhat surprisingly manages to establish himsels as a kind of father figure in the eyes of most of his newly independent nieghbors.

Last week, however, as he wound up a seven day tour of the Caribbean, the diminiutive monarch was clearly way off his customery diplomatic form.

Haile Selassie who was invited to the Carribbean by the Jamaican Goverment who felt that the visit would foster ” happpy relations” between the oldest independent African state and those Caibbean nations whose peole are preodominantly of African orgin.

The plan ,of course was, that Haile Selassie was to be met at Kingston airport by top Jamaican Cabinet ministers and given the full ceremonial treatment.

Instead, thosands of long-haired Jamaican Negros swarmed onto the runaway, crying  “God is here!” Driven to a frenzy by the beating of drums and blaring of bull horns, they swept aside goverment officials, police and troops with fixed bayonets and for nearly half an hour kept the Emperor barricaded inside his plane with his 27 of his relatives and aides.

Surveying the wild scene,the lion of Judah wept.

” It will never be known ,” said a Jamaican official somewhat disingenuously, ” wheher he cried in sorrow or pure joy.”

Whatever his emotions have been . Hailesellasie had unwittingly created considerable difficulties for the Jamiacn Goverments.

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  1. Rad
    July 19, 2006 at 7:24 am

    I think he cried out of confusion.

  2. Bman
    July 19, 2006 at 8:40 pm

    I think the reason he cried was the jaimaican people had been living in such poverty and corrupt state for so long that they did not have the knowledge of praying to God so first chance they had of seeing an African man in such array and royalty they recognized him as God.. I think in that the emperor wept because he was so hurt that the jaimaican who are the same descendats that come from African countries had been neglected for so long they placed their faith in him a man who they have never seen before but heard about him. I think that was the reason he wept.

  3. Daniel
    July 19, 2006 at 9:08 pm

    I wonder why this is a big issue.

  4. Mezgebe Selassie
    July 20, 2006 at 12:28 pm

    A people had finally realized which message to listen to…to find their freedom and integrity…

  5. yoseph
    July 21, 2006 at 11:48 am

    I think he must have wept from the way the poeple have accepted him.
    so friends it must be out of joy that he cried .
    it must be out of love for such a people isolated from africa.
    he must have cried for our ancestors who were taken there out of their willing .sobbing and sobbing.deep inside he must have cried for them as well.

  6. Abera
    July 26, 2006 at 11:08 pm


    You sound like a good idiot orelse you are some kind of racist! Dont embarass yourself on public like this. Read history and learn all aspects of pan-africanism that makes black people the same around the world. Then you will know why this is a big issue!

  7. Mariammawit
    August 4, 2006 at 2:33 pm

    Read Book Of Memory and you’ll get a better insight of the matter on why the Emperor wept, not a biased News Week.
    It is sad but a prince isn’t respected in his own homeland.
    People,Come out of ignorance and don’t involve yourelves in characrer assaination.Kaputhinski has done enouhg.

  8. YUSUF
    August 9, 2006 at 6:28 am

    I am not sure that this stupi persen has to get this mach attention
    to me what matters is not what makes him weep what matters is who he is

  9. Robel
    August 14, 2006 at 10:05 am

    This reminds me of what the former dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam wrote in his memoir recounting his final days in power,
    ‘When I saw the army fleeing in large number, I sat in the stone and wept.’
    Meles was also said to have wept while at the meeting in Mekele when some members of the EPRDF left the meeting and the party split in two. May be weeping has been a running trait in Ethiopian leaders. This is quite interesting , we have grown up, being told men shouldn’t weep. What was it that made our ‘dear’ leaders exceptions? Was it the love of power ?

  10. Shamir Akida
    September 29, 2006 at 6:56 am

    I have read the comments some good others quite distasteful but what i have to say is the sheep in his pastures know who the Hearder is (TRUST H.I.M DONT TRACE H.I.M)*KING OF KINGS LORD OF LORDS THE CONQUERING LION OFTHE TRIBE OF JUDAH EMPEROR HAILE SELASSIE I, EARTH RIGHT RULER*

  11. alem
    September 30, 2006 at 10:08 pm

    Maybe it was just lulu’s tails that hit his eyes by mistake; or maybe a fly or something. otherwise what would a king has to cry about.. its not like he gets hungry or hurt or something!

  12. Emperor Deltz
    December 7, 2006 at 12:07 pm

    I think H.I.M wept out of gratitude. How overwhelming it must be to be the messiah and not conciously realise it!

  13. Globalbelai
    September 8, 2008 at 3:18 am

    The Emperor was divine and human at the same time like all of us. He wept due to the emotion he felt at the time.

    It is natural to do so

  14. Fiifi Adinkra
    January 20, 2009 at 10:27 pm



  15. imani
    December 22, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    so cool

  16. Seymour Mclean
    January 29, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Ras Tafari greetings,
    I was age 9 in Jamaica, in 1966, and remember the events in Dembi, clarendon, Jamaica was bubbling, see report of the British Ambassador, and dvd. Reggae music and the amharic language are the same roots, give us the teachings of His Majesty.

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