Re: Should Rastas be thinking of repatriation NOW!
Posted By: Masimba Musodza In Response To: Re: Should Rastas be thinking of repatriation NOW! (I-Am-In-Hotep!)
Date: Wednesday, 7 July 2004, at 9:54 a.m.
In Response To: Re: Should Rastas be thinking of repatriation NOW! (I-Am-In-Hotep!)
I think that the point the sister was making has been distorted by some of the responses.
From the responses given, one would think she wants a place where she can smoke ganga in peace. But if anyone cared to read carefully, she wants a place where she can live all aspects of the Rastafarian culture without the scorn and contempt and malice that one faces from the other people. She wants a place where she does not want to have to explain everyday why she is wearing this or that, or why she believes the Emperor of Ethiopia to be God or why she won't eat or that. She wants a place where she is not the raving lunatic, dangerous criminal or amusing eccentric that we are often portrayed as.
We all would like to think of Africa as a home for Rastas. But I would beg you all to remember that Africa is so big, and we will not be able to make a home just anywhere.
The brother who made a suggestion about land, I know for a fact that land can be had cheaply here. In fact, if you are coming from abroad and have your foreign currency, you can live like a lord. That is why many of us will leave our plush offices and do a stint in the West doing jobs we would not do at home, to return and live the good life that we are entitled to.
I will put you in touch with certain people, and hopefully you will find answers to the questions.
Rastafari ngawarumbidzwe nguvadzose ( Rastafari be praised continually)
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