- what is the view on repatriation? specifically repatriation to Africa?
My view is to go as Jah leads. Personally, in school, I never paid attention to geography, history, so wasn't until recent years I became aware of all the history of Africa, especially Ethiopia. InI now have strong desire to visit Ethiopia, just to walk on the ground, but airfare is over 2600USD r/t. Someday. If I were black, Jah might be pushing me more in that direction.
- how does one feel about the teachings and philosophies of Marcus Garvey?
Unfortunately, I know nothing but will study. From all I know, I would assume everything he said was 'Jah breathed', as I also feel of everything I've heard from Bob Marley. One cannot be Jah, in that there is only one Jah, but one can be one with Jah, as He was one with Jah. Still man, still capable of sin, but impossible to sin living by the spirit of Jah. Since declaring myself a Rasta, my recent studies have been Kebra Negast, Hallie Selassie I, Ethiopian culture, will get to Garvey, but still new to Rasta.
- what is the belief on the holy trinity as the black woman and child?
I don't know about it. I know I was taught a Holy Trinity, could never find it in my bible, of Father, Son, and Ghost, but I don't follow that. I also don't doubt for a minute that Mary, mother of Jesus, was black, or at least very much darker than the famous paintings.
- nyabingi = death to all white oppressors. does this seem racist?
Racist? Not really. I feel it too, to all oppressors. Yes, most are white, but that doesn't mean death to all whiteys. To me, all are born spiritually dead. Only by dying to self, and living in Jah spirit can one come to life and reign with the King. Yes, death to all white oppressors!
- are you aware of bob marleys racial views on black progress? was he a racist?
Racist? No way. Bob understood the babylon system, which is totally white led. That did not make him a racist any more than I.
- so many reggae artist (which is assume is where many got the original idea of rasta from??) from sizzla to burning spear speak about the glorious black black and black empowerment etc race clearly is a important issue . what's your view on this?
They need to let me jam with them. ;) 35 years ago, I was young full time musician in SF, last apartment was in ghetto, black bar across street. Went in there to jam with guitar, got many stares being the only white near that place. Nobody was friendly in the least. I got to sit in with jazz/blues band. After that, all smiles from everyone I saw, with pats on back. Music heals the soul and anything wrong with it.
As for "original idea of rasta", It was Marley's songs that opened my eyes to what I had been learning all along. I was music man (worship leader) in churches, until I challenged pastor with questions he couldn't anseer. 7 years ago, I typed up letter of resignation, handed to pastor and all elders. They couldn't argue and wished me luck, as I left. I was well respected moderator of end time forums tearing apart their non-sense of future kingdom (not present) with scriptures, knowing the Kingdom was here and now. When I found Marley songs, I knew full well what he sang of, just didn't know the words for it. I knew of babylon from bible studies, but didn't know 'Rasta' until I heard, then realized it, from all my past bible study.
- lastly are you aware of post-colonialism? And the current and present day European strangle hold on African resources trade and culture?
Unfortunately, somewhat aware, but I assumed that has been going for many many years now, like at least 400. I know the babylon system is absolutely ruthless in their ways. Since moving from KY to CA, I've learned so much real history of western states of the slaughter of native Americans, not that long ago. Yes, babylon is a white thing, but some of us whiteys are now slippin out of babylon, at least me that I know of personally. I live in babylon, just not 'of' it. It will all just melt and burn soon anyway.
Jah bless H.I.M.