Photo of the Day: The Inalienable Right to Dance

Allan MacDonell is TakePart’s News + Opinion editor, with a focus on social justice.

No one is surprised that there is a country on earth where dancing is outlawed, but you expect that country to be Iran—or some other cleric-run repressive state that hates freedom.

Surprise! Five people with happy feet were arrested two weekends ago at Washington, D.C.'s Jefferson Memorial for the crime of dancing. The boogie brigade had assembled to protest a ban on dancing at national memorials, and to celebrate Thomas Jefferson, a Founding Father, the primary author of the Declaration of Independence and something like a patron saint of America's individual liberties.

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If Tom DeLay is free to dance with the stars, why is Thomas Jefferson not allowed to twist with the people of history&39;s most free republic? (Photo: Yuri Gripas/Reuters)

For daring to put the dance into independance, five swinging and swaying citizens of the world's greatest democracy were body slammed to the marble floor, kidney punched, choked silent, knelt on at the neck, handcuffed and carted away to jail. See the action here to believe it.

America's rhythmic freedom fighters didn't let something that looked like park police overreaction keep them away. This past Saturday, another wave of dancers swirled into the memorial, the latest line of soft shoe invaders since 18 members of a 2008 flash mob were arrested in the memorial for silently juking in Jefferson’s 265th birthday.


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