The Karagoz puppets shake their fists at SOPA and PIPA


All day, the puppets have been marching around the house, fists raised in air in what I thought was an homage to Tommie Smith and John Carlos during the Mexico Olympics but soon found out was not…this time.  Those puppets, they hae been carrying on in Ottoman Turkish – I know they are upset as they are speaking in Ottoman Turkish vs. English or the baby Turkish that I speak.  I finally clued in that they are upset about SOPA and PIPA – acts that raise significant concern amongst many on the Interwebs, as my Turkish nephew refers to it.  So, you may realize that many websites are literally blacked out today to protest proposed U.S. legislation that threatens internet freedom: the Stop Internet Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA), which you can read more about here.

It was the most popular medal ceremony of all time. The photographs of two black American sprinters standing on the medal podium with heads bowed and fists raised at the Mexico City Games in 1968 not only represent one of the most memorable moments in Olympic history but a milestone in America's civil rights movement. The two men were Tommie Smith and John Carlos. Teammates at San Jose State University, Smith and Carlos were stirred by the suggestion of a young sociologist friend Harry Edwards, who asked them and all the other black American athletes to join together and boycott the games. The protest, Edwards hoped, would bring attention to the fact that America's civil rights movement had not gone far enough to eliminate the injustices black Americans were facing. Edwards' group, the Olympic Project for Human Rights (OPHR), gained support from several world-class athletes and civil rights leaders but the all-out boycott never materialized. Still impassioned by Edwards' words, Smith and Carlos secretly planned a non-violent protest in the manner of Martin Luther King, Jr. In the 200-meter race, Smith won the gold medal and Carlos the bronze. As the American flag rose and the Star-Spangled Banner played, the two closed their eyes, bowed their heads, and began their protest. Read more: Memorable Olympic Moments: Tommie Smith and John Carlos, Summer 1968 —

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