Peter Tosh lived Marcus Garvey; Some Reggae Artists only sing Marcus Garvey.

Peter Tosh
Peter Tosh

Just when you thought that the Chronixx “Waste man” statement had run its course and it was time to move on, we find out it’s not.

Today, the Jamaican Observer carried a piece where both Tony Rebel and Freddie McGregor are basically scolding Chronixx for his “waste man” statements against President Barack Obama. Even L.A. Lewis, the clown of dancehall if you want to be nice and nuisance if you want to be honest, has come out against Chronixx. This is all after Lisa “Pretty Dunce” Hanna had already released her video warning Chronixx to “tone it down”.

So Chronixx made his statement in defense of Marcus Garvey and ironically he is now feeling some of what Marcus Garvey felt while in America. Just like Chronixx having to bear his fellow Jamaicans coming down hard on him from all angles, Garvey also had to bare tremendous opposition from other Black leaders like A. Philip Randolph, W.E.B Dubois and other prominent members of the NAACP. Black leaders even started a “Garvey Must Go” campaign, a campaign that played a role in Garvey being charged and indicted on mail fraud charges.

The difference between Garvey and Chronixx, however, is that Garvey never wavered or buckled under the pressure. Before the pressure could even take a proper breath on Chronixx; Instagram captions were deleted, statements were recanted and statement’s target denied. In fact, it is hard to think of Chronixx and this whole ordeal and not think of the following Vybz Kartel lyrics:

Di fuss hard box dem get from squady
Di likkle clown start talk all weh him neva see


This is not to belittle Chronixx changing his stance. It is merely to point out that studio and stage show freedom fighters are completely different from the real freedom fighters on the real battle field. As much as we admire great reggae stars like Bob Marley, Sizzla, Chronixx and many others, we should be careful not to put them on the same level as Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King and others. Peter Tosh might be the only artist who had to face the humongous struggles that these freedom fighters had to endure but Tosh is the exception not the norm.

This is why the utmost respect must be given to the great Peter Tosh. Despite the numerous harassment and arrests, even near death beating by the police; Tosh never gave up and he never gave in.

The good thing for Chronixx is that he is still very young. Let’s hope that as the young lion gets older, with or without the love and support of his elders, he too will become a Peter Tosh and a Marcus Garvey.

It is really a shame and a disgrace that none of the Rasta elders are coming out in defense of Chronixx.

“..But when it comes time to stand up, we find convenient excuses to sit down and back away from struggle” – Louis Farrakhan.



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