Ras I Tom
Bless the Itation, for what you said is good knowledge for the youth them. I have lost many friends to gang violence, and those who have survived the gangs have been stored away in human wharehouses that Babylon call prisons.
And if you look at it, most of the violence is among Israelites. When InI join these gangs, all we are doing is killing ourselves. And over what?!?!?!?!? Money, wealth, prestige, a street name?!?!?!? All of this is folly before the MOST HIGH.
I have spoken to the youth them, and have opened some of their eyes to see the truth of HIM. However at times I along with other bredren, have physicaly went on the streets passing out flyers to end gang violence and to love Jah Rastafari. Because of this, many brothers put down their guns, and turned to Jah. Others are still struggling with the livity, due to pressure from Babylon. But nothing happens over night. We constantly check in on the progress of X gang members, and those who are caught up in the system, or should I say shitsem!
I'm gonna be honest here for a second. If it were not for Jah, I would be a thug and a criminal. But Jah was ready for I, and called I by the voice of Emperor Haile Selassie I. When I looked into the Emperor's eyes, I knew I was DEAD WRONG! Ever since then I have been trying to live in accordance to his majesty's teachings, and the teachings of the Nyabinghi Mansion.
Also to Ras I Tom, you are correct, InI are a family here. That is why I see Rastafarians as I tribe, and family.
The scripture in Revelations state, "And my people shall be known by my new name". His new name is Rastafari, therefore InI are Rastafarians. This is my new family and friends now.
Jah Rain, the light and power of Jah shines upon you. Jah has smiled on you, for you are a seeker of truth, which mean that you are a seeker of Jah. That is a great quality in you. I hope all will be well with you as you encounter all men, be they wolves or sheep.
Jah Rastafari bless