In a recent interview, Vybz Kartel stated what he believe were the five main problems plaguing Black communities all over the world and Christianity found its way pm the world boss’ list.
The following question was asked to Kartel by Vibe Magazine:
What are your thoughts on the Black Lives Matter protests over killings by police in Minneapolis, Louisville, and Atlanta? As the author of ‘Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto, do you think Black people’s struggle is different in America and the rest of the world?
“Every Black person’s struggle is the same no matter where you are. Some issues might take precedence over others but it’s the same top 4 or 5 issues. High unemployment, high single-parent families, high crime rate, high people (people high on drugs), and some bullshit religion that’s not ours. About the George Floyd incident… What’s new about it? Not a dam [sic] thing”, replied Vybz Kartel.
Fans of Kartel or people in general who have followed his career know that Christianity is what he is referring to when he says “Bullshit religion”. In fact, during the gully / Gaza lyrical war, it was Kartel’s stance on Christianity that caused Mavado to deejay “A b@ttym@n alone nuh waan know God.”
Interestingly, while Kartel listed the top 5 reasons why Blacks are in the position they are in today, he did say what part he played in the puzzle. The police officers who charged him for murder, the prosecutors who prosecuted the charge, the jury who convicted him and the appeal judges that upheld the conviction might agree that he played a part in the high crimes. Likewise, his baby mothers might blame him for his children growing up in single-parent families.
On the flipside the part Vybz Kartel played in lowering unemployment in Jamaica should not be ignored. From the entertainers that got their break through his Portmore Empire to all his various business ventures, he had to be responsible for hundreds of jobs on the island.
His reference to Christianity being bullshit is a debate that would be too huge for any one blog post. While some great atrocities can be linked to Christianity, a recent study shows that in the Black community, young men who attended church on a weekly basis were far less like to become involved in crimes, drugs and contributing to the high crime rate,