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.