Although reggae is known for its militancy and its resistance to injustice, the reggae community has remained calm throughout the attack on the music by the gay community. Rather than going on the offense, the reggae community will instead unite in solidarity a day prior to labor day in New York City.
18 Karat Reggae has organized the first ever Straight Pride Parade in Brooklyn, New York on September 4, 2016. The parade will take place on Eastern Parkway along the same route as the annual Caribbean labor day parade.
Reggae artist, Jango Fresh said, “the Straight pride parade is a great idea because when a song like Hit them hard by my label mate Stapler can be banned just because it stresses the importance of a male and a female in every family, it is a sign that heterosexuals need to wake up.”
The Straight Pride Parade is a chance for Heterosexuals to gather together and proudly embrace their sexuality. The Parade will also allow reggae and dancehall fans who are in New York City for the Labor Day celebrations to get together and celebrate reggae, dancehall and family in love and unity. Adults are encouraged to bring their children along for the celebrations, as the event will be family oriented.
The president of 18 Karat Reggae said he hopes the event will unify the reggae community who has seen many reggae events cancelled over the years not only in the United States but all over Europe and the Caribbean. “We sat quietly and watched as they stifled artists like Buju Banton, Sizzla Kalonji and Capleton” he said, “but even with reggae artists refraining from making songs that can be considered homophobic, the gay community continues to try and oppress the reggae community, so a stance must be taken.”
Reggae artist Stapler whose song “Hit them Hard” was climbing the reggae charts was suddenly banned for what the artist said was nothing but pro family lyrics. “It is like we are not allowed to talk about the importance of a family anymore” Stapler told DJ Ron Muschette on Irie FM in Jamaica.
Organizers hope that the parade will help to stop the attack on reggae music and allow the music of peace, love, justice and equal right to flourish.
“The homosexual community should go and protest Chick-fil-a, the church and leave reggae music alone,” said Jango Fresh.