Re: Barbados: White Rasta director of African Affa
Posted By: AaronJudah2003 In Response To: Re: Barbados: White Rasta director of African Affa (Masimba Musodza)
Date: Thursday, 25 November 2004, at 8:55 p.m.
In Response To: Re: Barbados: White Rasta director of African Affa (Masimba Musodza)
MENACETOBABYLON1 Sent: 11/24/2004 12:56 PM
Rastafari all for Tafari - Wednesday 24, November-2004
by Ricky Jordan
THE FACT that a lawyer could be removed for a Rastaman is the crux of the matter relating to Dr Ikael Tafari replacing David Comissiong as director of the Commission for Pan African Affairs.
This is the view of a delegation from the Ancient Churchical Order of the Nyahbinghi, who recently returned from giving aid to Rastafari brethren in hurricane-ravaged Grenada.
Ras Ian, an elder and priest in the Nyahbinghi order, said not only was Tafari qualified academically, but he had spent 35 years working in the cause of the black man and Rastafari.
Ras Ian explained that the newPan African Commission head hadspent 15 years in Jamaica workingand studying as a social scientist. Rastafari, added Ian, was partof his field of research.
He also noted that after Tafari’s return home in 1980, they worked together in the Order of the Nyahbinghi, “which is really the foundation of the Rasta movement coming from theearly 1930s – the spiritual foundation of the movement”.
“The country is trying to make it controversial, but he’s one of the most indepth social scientists in Barbados. The lot of talk about Ikael is also a jealousy upon Rastafari. Many people are wondering how they could move Comissiong, a lawyer, for a Rastaman. That’s the crux of the matter,” he said.
Raffiki, another Barbadian Nyabinghi priest, also voiced his support for Ikael.
“I don’t see anything wrong with the position Ikael holds. The qualifications are there, and he still does work in encouraging the youths,” he said.
“Until the colour of a man’s skin has no more significance than the colour of his eyes, there will always be war. I haven’t come for war against anyone,” added Raffiki.
Ras Gad, a priest and farmer, said Ikael was a great asset as a Rastaman who had “helped to carve out the Rastafari faith in Barbados”.
“He showed others the real fullness and they caught onto it, but disagreed because of the colour of his skin and eyes. But there’s no other person qualified for that position at this iwer,” said Gad.
Noting that no one since Marcus Garvey had furthered the cause of the black man like the Rastafari movement, the delegation said having a Rasta heading the commission would enhance this cause.
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