“This is where Nesta tries to tell you your ideology is not in line with the teachings of Haile Selassie as HE understands it. And that the idea of BLACKNESS or Africanness has no place in Rastafari despite its origins in very much that
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If the idea of “Afrikaness” goes against HIM teachings, I wonder what they’d say about the following quotes:
So long as one African lives in subjugation, none of us is more than half free."
"- Haile Selassie I ቀ;ዳ;ማ;ዊ; ኃ;ይ;ለ; ሥ;ላ;ሴ;
"An awareness of our past is essential to the establishment of our personality and our identity as Africans.”
“Africa is our nation and is in spiritual and physical bondage because her leaders are turning to outside forces for solutions to African problems when everything Africa needs is within her. When African righteous people come together, the world will come together. This is our divine destiny.”
APPEAL TO THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS
I, Haile Selassie I, Emperor of Ethiopia, am here today to claim that JUSTICE which is due to MY PEOPLE.."
"That is why I decided to come myself to bear witness against the crime perpetrated against MY PEOPLE and give EUROPE a WARNING of the DOOM that awaits it, if it should bow before the accomplished fact.
“In greater measure, Ethiopia will continue to support the campaign to end colonialism and will continue to do so until all dependent territories in Africa and elsewhere breathe the clean air of freedom and independence.”
"Our liberty is meaningless unless all Africans are free"
“Racial discrimination constitutes a negation of the spiritual and psychological equality which we have fought to achieve and a denial of the personality and dignity which we have struggled to establish for ourselves as Africans.
“Let Us say, first of all, that Ethiopia considers herself a member of ONE GROUP ONLY - the AFRICAN group. We will join in any deliberations, we will consider any plan, we will debate any proposal anywhere, and at any time, provided that it contributes to the maintenance of world peace, the development of Africa's human and material resources, and the protection of this continent's legitimate interests."
Haile Selassie - 1961”
(Selected Speeches 215)
“Africa has struggled long and determinedly to rid itself of the yoke of oppression and exploitation. Africans now, with the end of the struggle in view, with this long-desired goal in sight, will not willingly see victory wrenched at the last moment from their grasp. Do not seek to perpetrate, in some different guise, the old forms of economic and political exploitation and oppression. If, in truth, the basic struggle in the world today is for the minds of men, then that nation or group of nations which seeks to impose its will upon any African people will most assuredly be vanquished in this struggle. Africa needs and desires and welcomes the help of others, both physical and moral, but Africa must nevertheless be left to develop herself, her people, her resources, as Africans determine. Leave to us, freely and without qualm, the choice between good and evil, between injustice and justice, between oppression and liberty. Our choice will be the right one, and History will judge us, and you, the better for it.”
"There are those who claim that African unity is impossible. That the forces which pull us, some in this direction, others in that, are too strong to be overcome. Let us confound them. And, by our deeds, disperse them in confusion." - Haile Selassie I