Re: Rastas must embrace their role in politics
Posted By: RHEDMAN In Response To: Rastas must embrace their role in politics *LINK* (Ras Tyehimba)
Date: Friday, 23 December 2011, at 12:00 p.m.
In Response To: Rastas must embrace their role in politics *LINK* (Ras Tyehimba)
“How.... does the Rastafarian community validate the position that politics is evil and, therefore, not participate when the greatest inspirations to the Rastafarian community are politicians?”
There are a host of barriers towards progress
lack of education
citizenry status, all elements and layers which complicate the matter of a soundly integrated political “Rastafari” force.
The first on this list is religion and much presumption becomes layered with religion. Religion speaks of a societal/international enemy ie. “Babylon”; an evil corporate enterprise (international nation) whose deconstruction is dependent on the hand of god – thereby suggesting the futility/corruption/danger of any level of interaction. Also, Rastafari people would never want to give credit to a babylonian political process by displaying a supportive role in it. It would be counterintuitive to the idea of “we and dem”. “We and dem” mentality is necessary to make a draw a distinction of classes ie. The good and the wicked.
“We nuh know how we and dem ago work this out” - BM
Duality – what good is it for? Nothing!
But what is a politician? If “the greatest inspirations to the Rastafarian community” have had a voice to represent the aspirations of the people, does that make them “politicians”? Rastafari does not hold to any party affiliation, why? Because the nature of party affiliation is divisive and yet still ones such as Bob Marley and Sam Browne are politicians?
I would agree with the over-all suggestion about the nearly totally powerless position that Rastafari people maintain within political spheres (I say 'nearly totally' because even though Rastafari people do not directly involve in politics, indirectly their voices and actions in the defence of liberty and justice have thrusted at times to create pressure on those who are positions of power and have influence to promote positive change)
If Rastafari was truly organized and centralized then this influence woulld likely be so powerful that all politicians would be direct and indirect minions to Rastafari agenda, me thinks
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