White Rasta: The biggest oxymoron in history.

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Marijuana White Rastas
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The main founder of the Rasta Movement, Marcus Garvey, did not have dreadlocks, did not smoke marijuana and reggae was not even around when the Rasta movement started.

What Rasta has become today is a shell of what it used to be. When the term “Rasta” comes up, the first thing that comes to people minds are dreadlocks, marijuana and reggae music.

So how did marijuana, dreadlocks and reggae become the essence of Rasta? Because those are the things that white people find cool and inviting about Rasta. Whites who call themselves Rastas fell in love with the superficial aspects of Rasta. The idea of chanting “One Love” at an outdoor reggae festival as the cool wind blows through their dreadlocks and spread the marijuana smoke through the air was romanticized and quickly accepted by hippies.

The truth is, however, those things does not make one a Rasta and whites are not Rastas. In fact a white Rasta is an oxymoron. The child of an oppressor will claim that he stands against his parents but he will never truly fight against his parents. If Black believe that these “white Rastas” will help them in their fight for freedom, liberty and justice; they will wait from now to eternity and never see that happen. Only Rastas can liberate the Black nation and only Blacks can be Rastas.

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The sellout Black Rastas who claim that anyone can be a Rasta are insulting Marcus Garvey and disregarding his teachings. No one with common sense can read the teachings of Garvey and still believe that he started the movement for Blacks and Whites. The movement was started to address the problems that Black people face whether they are scattered in the west or back home in Africa.

Below is one passage from Marcus Garvey’s speech but everyone whether you are a real Rasta or just claim to be one should read the entire speech.

As the Jew is held together by his religion, the white racist by the assumption and the unwritten law of superiority, the Mongolian by the precious tie of blood, likewise the Black Man must unite in one grand racial hierarchy. Our union must know no clime, no nationality. But let us all hold together in every country and every clime, making a Racial Empire upon which “the sun shall never set.”

If you read the full Marcus Garvey speech and still believe he started the movement for anyone who wants to be a Rasta to become one then do share how you came to that conclusion.

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1 Comment

  1. Far be it from me to argue with you however I would like to ask, do you not agree that togetherness, equality and love being the main ideas associated with today’s idea of Rastafari are just as likely to achieve the same things the Great Marcus Garvey aspired Black people to achieve?

    I understand your point about sell outs but could it not be also be seen as a softening of a hardline policy to be more inline with today’s world which in turn helps keep Rastafari relevant and growing alongside the fact that oppression and racialism still exist?

    I ask earnestly as a white person who believes in the Divinity of the Most High and aspires to ideals that are mainly beyond him but that he cannot escape a sense of duty to. What would you have these white followers of Ratsafari do if they may not believe in God? I am genuinely interested in your response and I mean no disrespect to you.

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