Yes, this is an interesting and needed conversation.
I saw this video a week or so before it was posted here, I thought about bringing it here but decided not to.. There are many long reasonings on this subject here already and I didnt want to add to the frustration that RastaGoddess express in saying: How many times will we continue to beat our heads against this wall?
It is not enough to simply have knowledge.. Without acting upon knowledge and bringing it forth through ones OWN experience into life and reality, this knowledge means very little.. A white man dressing up in a robe, turban, and accent is not acknowledging the truth of Black Christ through OWN experince and life. This man is not Jamaican, he is Swedish. For him to go to the street with photos, seemingly preaching Ras Tafari, is a disrespectful appropriation on many levels. Even if this man truly FEEL what he is saying, it is not his responsibility to preach it to anyone he sees.. Especially if the way he is delivering the information is not genuine to his OWN experience. Now, I am a white man. I have faith in H.I.M. as the LIIVING BLACK GOD. This is not because I want to be seen as something other than what I am, but because it is the TRUTH! As ALL things are of JAHs creation, it is the responsibility of each individual to increase thier connection and Love of JAH in truth and reality. That being said; Ras Tafari is MORE than an individual journey towards JAH, this is a very important aspect yes, but the larger truth is that Ras Tafari is a COLLECTIVE AFRIKAN REDMEPTION MOVEMENT! To take the IDENTITY of such would mean that your OWN experience must be of AFRIKAN struggle.. To preach this struggle to the world would mean that you are drawing from your OWN experience.. I have a strong and growing connection to the creator, JAH has revealed H.I.M.self to I in his own way different from others personal revelations.. This does not mean that JAH is different within these revelations, JAH is HE that be who he be, but that each connection to JAH is specifically tailored to the individual thus different.. I have not had my identity stolen from me, I am not an Afrikan needing justice and redemption. Therefore I do not take or claim the name and identiry of Ras Tafari.. I strongly agree with the movement and wish to help in any way possible. In this way I chant Ras Tafari and H.I.M.
IF the day comes in my life on Earth where Afrikans are redeemed and accepting of non-Afrikans as Ras Tafari, then so be it.. Currently this is not the case and forcing oneself as non-Afrikan into Ras Tafari is simply NOT HELPING THE MOVEMENT!
Many thanks for this reasoning!