I would like to greet all brothers and sisters of Rastafari, this is the first time I post. I'm from Chile (South America)and I'm white (latin complexion)
I'd like to disagree with Ayinde, I think you are being racist man! I'm a white person but I not consider myself responsible for White Supremacy (Babylon).
Let me quote you:
"I see it (white repatriation)as a cop-out by some Whites that should be in the West trying to dismantle the antisocial capitalist system."
"Justice mandates that THOSE who have benefited from the abuse of others should pay reparations, and they should allow the former victims to rediscover their own social systems."
Do all whites must pay reparations?
Do you really believe that THOSE who have benefited from the abuse of the black race are in the same category as the whites rasta that desire to repatriate (even if calling it repatriation remains debatable) to I Father's land?
I, as a white, have not received any benefit for being white, and have not abused from no one. Here in Chile, babylon is babylon still, the poor is always poor and the rich is getting richer, we are ghetto sufferers too and we have all the unequalities that you know babylon cause.
"Any well-intentioned White person should invest their time and resources in educating others about the ills of the capitalist system as it is"
Again, which is my priviledged position? I believe that Haile Selassie is God, I consider myself a rastaman, I pursue an Ital livity and try to follow Jah word with my heart and soul. I have no benefit, here in Chile (and in most South American countries where whites outnumber blacks) being a rasta gives you no benefit at all. Because of my dreadlocks no one would give me a decent job man! and let us not speak about herb... Being an herb smoker makes you a criminal of the lower class. This is no fashion, being a dreadlocked rastaman gives me no benefit, still I'm white.
"they should be using their 'privileged' position in these societies to fund and promote progressive Black movements without trying to take controlling interest."
My God, trying to take control? I have the oportunity to study (here universities and college are very expensive, I don't know over there) and my goal is to be a professional, and of course I'd like to go to Shashamane to help I&I bredrins and sistrens in any way I can, maybe with my teaching or translating skills., but my bredrin, take controlling interests? please... I wouldn't call this repatriation still but it worries me more this inherent racism of some I&I towards white rasta. If I go to Ethiopia it won't be to play 'grassroots poor,'but to help, I'm know that I won't get rich in Ethiopia (is not my goal either).
"Their history first exploited Africa, now they return to extract more, and divert necessary attention and funding from more deserving African causes."
Do you think that all white people has lots of money and privilege? let me tell you, you are WRONG man...
Still racism exists? you shouldn't do what WE the whites do...
Check Ras Adam response, he's blessed...
Respeto y bendiciones (respect & blessings)
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