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Hate Street Dialogue

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OOH …Here’s One Thing



by Jim Johnsen,
Managing Director, Johnsen, Fretty & Company



Hate Street Dialogue


Okay, this is old news and I mean really old, but stick with me as it ties into my main point.  Ever hear of Rodriquez?  He was a small time musician from Detroit who serendipitously became a sensation to a generation of young South Africans in the 1970s and 80s desperate for the end of Apartheid.

In 2012 Swedish director Malik Bendjelloul, made a film about him called “Searching for Sugarman” which went on to win an Oscar.   Here is the trailer:  https://youtu.be/QL5TffdOQ7g  If you haven’t seen it, trust me, you will want to watch it.  

And here is an opening from a concert he threw in Africa in 1998 after his rediscovery https://youtu.be/e70oln-7evM  Now that is better than that first Monday morning coffee!

Thanks Johnsen for bringing this to my attention but what is the point?  Well, I generally avoid politics as I am no good at it, but as I think of “Sugarman”, the exact opposite has happened to Paul Rusesabagina, the Rwandan hotel manager who once saved 1,200 lives in Kigali while risking his own.  He won a U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005 from President George W. Bush for his actions.  Lest we forget, 800,000 people were estimated to have been extinguished during this genocide in 1994.  Anyone see the movie Hotel Rwanda?  This guy should be up for sainthood.  Instead he resides in a jail cell in Rwanda at the moment. 

Right out of an international espionage movie…a “good friend” and Pastor called the esteemed Mr. Rusesabagina last fall and convinced him to deliver a speech in Burundi.  After flying from his home state of Texas and landing momentarily in Dubai, he boarded a Greek charter flight, Gainjet, that he was told would take him to Burundi.  Needless to say, that flight did not take him to Burundi but rather to Kilgali, Rwanda, directly into the arms of the police who then took him directly to jail.  His “trial” started just a week or so back.  

If you are interested in reading a detailed account, here is a good one:


Okay Johnsen, what’s the point?  We can give the guy a Presidential Medal of Honor, but when he gets kidnapped we look the other way?  We can hunt down and kill Bin Laden surgically…but no one seems to be talking about this?  Maybe with some of our extra digital OOH space…we need to make this headlines.  Just sayin’.

“I kiss the floor, one kick no more
The pig and hose have set me free
I’ve tasted hate street’s hanging tree
I’ve tasted hate street’s hanging tree”




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  1. Lisa Santiago says

    Excellent and compelling article. Thank you for writing.

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