"Greetings My Brothers
I Follow the Ital Diet Very Strictly
I Follow All The Rastafarian Princepels very strictly
I Do Not Follow Two Things Which is Growing Dreadlocks and I Do Not Smoke Weed
i have a few questions which has on been on My Mind For A long time
I Am From India and i have short hair"
Same here. I am white, and have short hair too. I don't smoke weed. In my case, the short hair is just for sake of ease, because I put olive oil on my skin every day and it is easier to do without messing up my hair.
But understand, I am not trying to promote this way. I'm not trying to promote short hair! This is your choice!
The definition of Rastafari seems to be chopping and changing. A while ago, we discussed it on the thread above, and we came to the conclusion that a non black person could never be Rastafari.
And, being white (not that I think it makes ANY difference), I very much felt judged, because I KNOW that I follow the things that you said before, strict Ital levity, to manifest a spiritual connection with jah etc. I didn't need someone to decide whether or not I do these things for me; I know that I do.
But, the reason that we came to that conclusion in the end was that, according to GarveysAfrica, Rastafari is an African redemptive culture, a black African culture. And white people most definitely can live like Rastafari, help in all of their pursuits; ie black redemption. No one is to say that they cannot.
But a good comparison was made about it being a culture; native American also exists as a culture. A person who was brought up somewhere else in the world, but moves to live with the native americans, could not really say "I am a native American", just because they are not.
Having said this, I would actively fight against it if people judge people just because of their skin colour on spiritual maturity, how strictly they follow Ital etc. Because prejudices on this are, well, prejudices...
All the best,