Some Realities of the Rastafari Movement That are Worth Taking Note of Pt. I

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Not long ago, our ancestors’ most pressing objective was the abolition of slavery and the slave trade. During the Transatlantic Slave Trade, our people fought tirelessly for our freedom. They received help from many noble whites and Aborigines. Hard work paid off when the British passed a law to abolish the slave trade. Slave owners could buy and sell people who were already slaves, but they could not force free people into slavery. Once the abolitionists reached this milestone (in the West), they turned their attention to slavery itself. But when the courts abolished slavery, Blacks faced a new set of problems. Namely, racism, discrimination, prejudice, and segregation.

Prominent Blacks like Prince Hall were highly educated. The 18th-century community activist was a respected leader in the black community. He later founded Prince Hall Lodge. According to legend, he achieved a monumental goal when he won the “educational rights” for black children as it was illegal for them to attend school. He also played a key role in the “Back to Africa movement”. It was clear at the time, that due to racism, prejudice, discrimination, and segregation Blacks could only dream of living a better quality of life in the United States.

A fairly large number of educated Blacks and construction experts, mainly from the Caribbean islands (Jamaica), Boston and Philadelphia (in the United States) set out to establish a state in Africa. The new state of Liberia.

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Those who remained in America built their own communities within the country. They bought large estates (counties), established black-owned businesses, schools, hospitals, markets, loan systems and even had a force to protect against invaders. The KKK often assaulted those communities, murdered the leaders and burned down homes and businesses. They instilled insecurity among the people. As if that were not enough, local judges passed laws to annexed these black-owned communities calling them state property. The courts also imposed heavy taxes and fines on property owners. This ploy ultimately dismantled those communities.

By the 1930s, Blacks had had enough. Our people were fed up with racial discrimination, deprivation of their human rights, imprisonment of and the assassination of the black leaders, and police brutality to name a few. The Christians still saw Blacks as Gentiles. A Rastafari movement evolved with the goal of unifying Africa and repatriating all Blacks back there. To do that, they had to establish an Africa that is equal to or stronger than the West as a hub for black liberation.*

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