Re: Answer this...
Posted By: Ras Tyehimba In Response To: Answer this... (ras adam simeon)
Date: Thursday, 22 April 2004, at 9:21 a.m.
In Response To: Answer this... (ras adam simeon)
"because in my opinion only racial bigots have a problem with rastas of other colors and where they want to repatriate to.But i will restate for the umteenth time there is such a tiny # there i dont think its an issue, but if they want to go even en masse JAh bless them as long as they are productive and not loafting "
Anytime Africans raise certain critical issues, they are accused of being racist. So your reply is not surprising as there are many that don't have the courage to deal with their own complicity in the global system of white supremacy. Hiding behind Rasta and notions of white repatriation while condemning those who expose the reality as being anti-rasta is a cheap escape. One of many that those who can't deal with the issues utilize to malign the intentions of those that are committed to exposing the illusions that plague society.
"It's not MY invention that rastas focus on Ethiopia and Shasha"
Once again Ethiopia represents the whole of Africa and thus your parochial projection of Rastafari stems from your inability to understand Rastafari as an African movement. Your conditioned white privilege doesn't allow u to accept that Rastafari is dedicated towards destroying racism, sexism and the remnants of colonialism (white supremacy).
No one ever stated in the thread about who can't be rasta, so i do not know where u got this from.
Somehow i suspect that this orginates from your inability to comprehend that there is no such thing as white repatriation.
It is quite common for whites to tone and negate any Black expression and this has been going on for centuries, but as people are now able to access mediums of comminication, bit by bit, the illusions and istitutions of white dominance are being exposed. As they get exposed, many side issues will be brought up to try and sidetrack from the real issues.
Rastafari cannot be separated from its African context and its focus will always be Ethiopia (Africa) and the continued assault of Africans and African expression. It is quite understandable given the state of society, how whites would underestimate their perpetuation of white supremacy and privilege.
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