Jamaicans are so high on hype and so low on substance, that when the president of the United States, Barack Obama, spat in their faces they smiled and cheered. They did not even attempt to remove the saliva from their faces. Instead they are right now hoping and waiting that Obama might in the near future return to the island to urinate and defecate on them.
Obama landed in Jamaica and visited the Bob Marley museum, yet he could not find time to visit Liberty Hall to pay tribute to the great Marcus Garvey. That was just utter disrespect and goes right to the heart of hype over substance. It also goes back to when Miss Jamaica, Kaci Fennell, was asked about Jamaica’s biggest contribution to the world, to which she responded that it was Bob Marley and Usain Bolt. Back then, most Jamaicans also cheered her on for her sheer stupidity. It is no wonder why most Blacks in Jamaica live in poverty while most other ethnicities are in great financial shape.
The good thing is there is no escaping Marcus Garvey. As soon as Obama walked into the Bob Marley museum, the song that played was the Marcus Garvey “One Love” slogan put to music by Bob Marley.
So why was Obama not interested in visiting the Marcus Garvey museum? Why wouldn’t Jamaicans be interested in seeing Obama paying respect to Marcus Garvey? If he could get to 56 Hope Road then what prevented him from going to 76 King Street? When we talk about Marcus Garvey, we are talking about the most important civil rights leader in history. We are talking about the man who inspired Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Nelson Mandela and many other civil rights leaders. We are talking about the very man who made it possible for Barack Obama to become President of the United States.
Marcus Garvey’s message, while it was absolutely what Black people needed in Garvey’s time would not be a perfect message today, and that is the reason why they continue to disrespect Marcus Garvey. People need to understand that as time changes people change, and, most likely, Marcus Garvey and his teachings would have adapted to the changing times. Marcus Garvey’s teachings, like below, is what bothers Barack Obama and why he never gave the Jamaican National Hero is due respect while on the island:
I shall teach the black man to see beauty in his own kind and stop bleaching his skin and otherwise looking like what he’s not. Back in the days of slavery, Race mixture, Race miscegenation all occurred BECAUSE THE AFRICAN WOMAN HAD NO PROTECTION FROM THE SLAVEMASTER. Therefore there is no need today for black people themselves to freely continue a PRACTICE that SMACKS so much of slavery. – Marcus Garvey
Let’s face it, if Black people around the world had followed those teachings, there would be no Barack Obama and there would be no Bob Marley. Most people today would totally disagree with those teachings. In fact, unless you are a member of the Bobo Shanti Rasta sect, extremely pro-Black, extremely pro-White or extremely pro whatever your ethnicity is, you would probably not agree to those teachings. We cannot continue to hold that against Marcus Garvey however. We have to recognize and understand the time during which he made those speeches.
So for Barack to come to Jamaica and not visit the Marcus Garvey museum was the utmost disrespect. For Jamaicans not to see a problem with that is simply pathetic.