The following is contributed by Rasta Historian, W Gabriel Selassie I,The Revolutionary Historian.
This is a response to some disagreements from what Rasta is and isn’t which stemmed from the post There is nothing Rasta about White Rastas.
Just to clarify because many of you have no idea what Rastafari is about.
Rastafari was created as a response to White Supremacy in the Americas and in Africa. Its founders like Leonard Howell developed their main ideas based on the teachings of Marcus Garvey. Garvey preached Black Supremacy.
One Love was created by Garvey so that blacks, who were not united in the Diaspora, would unite under his banner. His organization the Universal Negro Improvement Association And Communities League was off limits to whites. Garvey did not dislike whites, but he realized that blacks could not prosper until they united, like Jews, Irish, Republicans etc.
Bob Marley did NOT create “One Love”. There is NOTHING in Rastafari that calls for blacks and whites to unite. Books that you post that call for Black and White Unity are NOT Foundational Rastafari Texts.
Rastafari was founded by blacks for black people. Nothing you say or do can change history.
I support any movement of white and black cooperation. Just like Jews and Blacks united to fight in the Civil Rights movement. But whites, by definition cannot be part of Rastafari. I know that will hurt some of your feelings but this is not my nor any real Rastas concern. Just like it would be unseemly to ask Jews to take non Jews, its unseemly to ask we Rastafari to destroy our history and culture.
Sorry but these are facts beyond change.
Straight from a Rasta Historian. Learn more about the teaching of Marcus Garvey.