“People want to listen to a message, word from Jah. This could be passed through me or anybody. I am not a leader. Messenger. The words of the songs, not the person, is what attracts people.” Bob Marley.
I saw this whirling around the internet but did not pay attention to it. It came up again on my Fb page and this time I paid attention to the message. It is typical black man culture .. always blaming someone else for his short comings- the same ones who use the term ‘niggas’ more frequently than ‘thank you’; The same ones that abuse their own women in their music , exalt money and badness dreaming of getting rich quick and then show off with the biggest gold chain around their neck; the same ones that continue to kill each other with their east coast/west coast wars; the same ones that kill each other in Chicago; the same ones that give up and says America is for the white man so therefore he is going to take what’s his; the same ones that have 10 kids with 9 different women; the same ones that wears their pants showing their ass and calling it ‘style’; I can go on but you get the picture. Until we clean up our own act then don’t expect manna falling from the sky on our plates. Martin Luther King spoke about it- but we selectively listen to what we want to hear and makes us comfortable.
“Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you’re living?” Bob Marley.
The sad thing is that all that is said in the video can be applied right here in Jamaica. Racism is not local. Its not exclusive to America. We suffer from the same mentality lead by a government that contributes to the continuing devaluation of the Jamaican people. Everywhere you turn you see mediocrity exalted, badmanism the role model for youths, weed smoking the hobby of choice, cronyism , bureaucracy and the culture of NO the standard bearer for economic growth and customer service.
“Emancipate yourself from mental slavery none but ourselves can free up our mind”….’ Bob Marley
Jamaica is dying economically, culturally and spiritually not by any IMF deal, not by any global recession, not by any invasion of foreigners on our social culture. Its dying one breath at a time by our lack of education, lack of and absence of enforcing the laws, the thinking that anything or anyone foreign’ has to be better then ‘me’ so let us pillage and harass. Its dying drip by drip as corruption has taken over the sunshine of this country as the guiding light to prosperity. Unless we change, unless the ‘negro’ change as Martin Luther and for our reference Bob Marley have already spoken, then we will continue to sit in the parched dessert of economic and cultural despair ,holding our hands up, waiting for a miracle to happen.
“I believe in freedom for everyone, not just the black man.” Bob Marley.