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Title: All Jokes?
Post by: Ryan on December 15, 2003, 08:18:47 PM
I am tired, tired of people thinking rastafari is just a game, just another fad. I am tired of people not taking this religion and lifestyle as a joke. It is eating at me every day becuase people dont actually realize this is a seriosu thing. Something needs to be done.

Title: Re: All Jokes?
Post by: Ras Alto on December 16, 2003, 01:52:51 PM
Greetings in the Name of the Most High!
I feel the same way. When I see the commercialization of Rastafari.........I'm getting sick......
What the hell they think they are? I mean, okay there is the same thing with the christian religion (Jesus Christ Action Figure) but not in that enormity.
Title: Re: All Jokes?
Post by: RasLionheart on December 16, 2003, 03:50:24 PM
Making money from Rasta
published: Thursday | November 20, 2003
Melville Cooke

EVERY NOW and then the latent ridicule Rastafarians face in Jamaica pops up in the media. It happened last week with a Letter to the Editor, when someone wrote in to say that Rastas should wake up and stop dreaming. Barbara Blake-Hannah replied on Sunday, extensively retelling Mutabaruka's take on the article during his weekly 'Cutting Edge' programme.

I had thought of writing about the exploitation of Rastafari over the past couple months, but had not got around to it. This is as good a time as any; at least it will make some use of the piece of rubbish that person wrote.

As an overwhelmingly Christian society, we have no problem exploiting Rastafarians and at the same time ridiculing and persecuting them. It has always occurred to me when I see the Rasta-based gift items in the fancy souvenir shops, especially in Montego Bay, not one of which is owned by a Rastafarian.

The unofficial national colours of Jamaica are red, green and gold - not original to Rastafarians, but certainly synonymous with the movement. Items in these colours adorn many a gift shop, but Rastafarian employees are in rather short supply.

We also do not have a problem with bringing Rastafarian culture - a very sanitised version of it, of course - to the tourists once they and their dollars are safely in the confines of the all-exclusives. Taking them to the Rastafarian community is another matter.

From the ital food to the music, from the 'dread talk' to the locks, as a society we exploit Rastafarianism to the hilt - while despising those who practise what we profit from.

And we all profit from it. The music of Rastafari is the greatest advertisement that a country could ask for. Nobody can ever quantify how many people have come to Jamaica because of interest sparked by roots music, but I have spoken to sufficient people who became interested in Jamaica because of Rasta music and culture to know that our primary foreign exchange earner clutches onto the locks of the Rastaman.

When Bob Marley's Exodus was named 'Album of the Century' and One Love 'Song of the Millennium', I did not hear any complaints. Yet Rastafarians are still being discriminated against at the workplace and certainly in the injustice system. And we have not even got to products like Rasta Ice yet. Do you think Christian Ice would have been popular?

Does anybody ask the permission of any Rastafarian group before slapping their 'knowledge' on a product? And, having exploited Rastafarianism in this way, do any of the companies who profit from the legacy of the prophets give back a little something directly to Rastafarians? I doubt it. Rapists hardly tend to respect their victims.

I find it amusing that when persons who are opposed to Rastafarians find that they simply cannot overlook the achievements of a particular one they always stick in a 'but'. He is a Rasta, but him clean. His is a Rasta, but him bright. But him skin pretty. But him hair no smell bad. But him look good.

Those 'buts' reveal more about the prejudices of the speaker than any outright statement ever would.

The song brings joy, which cannot be quantified but cannot be substituted.

In so many ways the society enjoys the fruits of Rastafarian labour and never pauses to just say thank you.

Melville Cooke is a freelance writer.

Source (http://www.jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20031120/cleisure/cleisure4.html)
Title: Re: All Jokes?
Post by: Ras Alto on December 16, 2003, 04:57:34 PM
Greetings in the Name of the Almighty!
I and I think the commercialization of Rasta by Rastas or Jamaican People is less worse than the commercialization by capitalist companies. These produce little rasta Figures with all stereotypes and clichés......black skin, big spliff, red gold black and green, bag with ganja (with the sign "product of jamaica"), palm tree, big red lips.......i say this isnt funny anymore....its racist and - sorry - f*cked up. furthermore they produce - as they call them- "Rasta Hats", a tam with integrated manmade dreadlocks. all stuff like that......smoking accessories all designed in Rasta style.......what a world.............
When Jamaican People produce little souveniers, like stones in black gold red and green, its okay I think.
but these racist figures and all the other stuff fe Babylon!
Title: Re: All Jokes?
Post by: Major Scorpion on December 16, 2003, 07:44:46 PM
I just feel like you ganjalex...when I look in my naberhood I see kids with rasta-stuff, I see girls wearing rasta-clothes ( rasta is the wrong word, it is just a T-shirt with the green-gold-red colors). But then I ask what they know about RastafarI then I hear things like: Bob marley was the first rasta...(!). That makes me sick. But I think there is also a good thing about the commerzialisation...without that commerzialisation I never start learning about RastafarI... . There is no real rastafarian church so there are no priests to preach the word of Jah. But the clichés must stop...
Be a rasta is more than having dreadlocks ands smoking ganja!!!!!!!

Title: Re: All Jokes?
Post by: Ryan on December 17, 2003, 12:16:10 AM
I go to a babylon school for the rich(which is funny becuase we cant even pay our taxes) They are all materialistic and think money is everything. When i see them come to school with red gold and green wristbands it makes me sick. They are mocking it as far as i am concerned. I just hope i dont go to this school much longer, rich kids get on me nerves.

Title: Re: All Jokes?
Post by: Ignoramus on December 17, 2003, 11:27:16 AM
Wow!  Lots of firey words out there.  Since I am not at this point a Rastafari and have not quite yet decided where I am going with my faith, but making a mission to learn about my options, I really just want to share my thoughts on all of this with you.  I hope it doesn't offend anyone - that is not my intention.

Having been brought up in the Christian beliefs, I could just as easily take offence at the commercialized joke that we celebrate as christmas, with tinsel and lights and santa claus - what happened to the Virgin Mary, the 3 wise men and the birth of baby Jesus (not your cup of tea, but never-the-less a complete damnation of the Christian beliefs).  Not to mention Easter with the chocolate eggs, bunny's and chickens for pete's sake!  

Shall we talk about the Muslim faith... Do you know they actually are now advertising a mobile phone that will point you in the direction of Mecca no matter where you are in the world.  Aren't they using the sacred city as a tool to sell a material product?!

Should Germans get p...ed off because it becomes fashion to wear a swastika and it reminds the world of the horror they inflicted on the Jews, or an old hippy be offended because the peace sign is hanging around the neck of a punk in black clothes, studs and a mohawk.  How about those kids who wear devil signs but have no clue what they symbolise.  

This is the world we live in, the world of fashion and fads and right now - Rastafari is new and cool!  Yes people are trying to cash in on it, just as the street vendors sell fake Nikes, and Reebok trainers.  How many of the people out there who wear Billabong branded clothing have actually even tried to surf.  

What I am trying to say is that I know it is sacred to you and it is your religion, what your whole world is built on, and I think all of us in this forum agree that the Babylon is seriously choking the world in its evil and corruption, but getting bent out of shape about it is not worth it.  

It certainly gives attention to the culture Rastafari and may draw new believers which is great.  Let the world get to know that you are out there and with time they will want to know what you really stand for... I know it worked for me and now I am learning and reading - don't get frustrated, so long as you are true to yourself and your religion, what does it matter that the hypocrits paint themselves in red, green and gold?!  

Albert Einstein once said:  "Two things are infinite - the universe and human stupidity... I'm not sure about the universe."
Title: Re: All Jokes?
Post by: jah_rastaman on December 19, 2003, 04:02:15 AM
Commercalism is one of de worst parts of Babylon, those people out there have no idea what Rasta is about or the people that make it.  one thing that really makes iani mad is those tams with the fake dreads inside them... they are dismembering the things that Rastas stand for and have nothing to do with any thing that we belive.  iani wanna puke everytime i see a man walkin around smokin the holy herb and wearing those hats, they have no idea what Ganja or dreads mean to Rastas and just think that we are about smokin herb and dreads