Re: The term Repatriation to Africans is no Semant
Posted By: yan In Response To: The term Repatriation to Africans is no Semantics (ras adam simeon)
Date: Wednesday, 21 April 2004, at 10:43 p.m.
In Response To: The term Repatriation to Africans is no Semantics (ras adam simeon)
Ras Adam said: "1) Most rasta are pro bible but there seems to be a anti-Christ anti-bible vibe."
Well Ras Adam, I have not noticed you spending lots of time bigging up the Bible, only when you want to discredit the African concerns reflected on this board. Rastas hold a vast variety of views on the Bible, Selassie, the merits of physical repatriation, ganja, and a whole lot of other things. The one thing that seems never to change about Rasta, as much as ones may like it to, is the emphasis on historical justice for Africans at home and abroad. This is the theme of so much of the reggae music that ones apparently listen and dance to, without understanding the significance and pervasiveness of that single emphasis.
Views expressed here by people other than moderators are very diverse on the Bible, the divinity of Selassie, and other 'religious' issues.
Ras Adam said: "2) Most Rastas support the Imperial Ethiopian Monarchy and there seem to be an anto Imperialist anti monarchist vibe."
Well I am glad you said most, and I am not most Rastas. I see Rastas here post on many different things without a problem.
Ras Adam said: "There's a myriad of Rastas just as any other faith some place more importance on things than others."
This is exactly MY point.
Ras Adam said: "I think there are many people silenced and gone for some diff views."
I am addressing an issue here, and your right to post your views were never infringed. So what if some don't like Pro-African views, and choose to leave? That should not make Black Africans fearful to freely express informed views, especially in a Black African Movement. Are you implying that the few Black Africans on this board must give way to you and or other White 'Rastas'? Are you implying that we should some how join you, and focus on a narrow-minded version of African concerns to be part of OUR African community?
Ras Adam said: "There's a smearing of the concept of One Love One Blood Inity etc as "hippy dippy head in the clouds crap..."
The idea that the concept of 'One Love' is 'smeared' here is ridiculous. People who mindlessly mouth those words, thinking they cover 2000 years of history, are challenged to meditate on what 'One Love' really means, and what kind of reasoned discussion between blacks and whites must take place before we can even begin to achieve that.
I suppose it is more comfortable to visit a website where none of these issues are ever discussed, and people are perfectly free to do that. It seems like it is always whites who take it on themselves to decide what is and is not Rasta, who say it's 'racist' and 'divisive' to reason on issues important to Blacks, and then to say they are a member of a pro-Black faith', a statement no one is supposed to question.
Many Rastas quietly and privately struggle with many ideas. Others struggle in public. What is the threat of a presentation of the diversity of views on this topic? People understand that word 'God' or 'Jah' in many different ways. Is Rasta an organized religion or Christian cult so it cannot tolerate questions?
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