A couple of weeks ago, I wrote an article captioned “Is Belgium’s Royal Family Proud Of The Horrible Crime Leopold II Committed In Africa?” The significance of the article is that no one in his right mind will build a statue of someone who maimed and killed over 10 million Africans, including women and children, when there is no statue of Hitler for committing a similar crime against humanity.
The article spread over all the social media including ‘NIUME,’ one of the outstanding social media platforms and someone made a comment. According to the reader called Sue Marlington : “Well I didn’t even know that there was a Royal family in Belgium, thank you for the insightful post.”
Yes, Sue is right, many people don’t know that there is even a Royal Family in Belgium, because the country even though is very small, people know more of the evil Belgium committed in Africa than a country known for its quality beer and chocolate productions. This is the result when evil overcomes good, you are completely denied and buried forever.
THE WISDOM AND PHILOSOPHY OF BOB MARLEY
On May 11, 1981, one of the world’s greatest musical icons died. He was Bob Marley. There is no one on earth whose popularity and fame spread decades after his death like a bush fire in the dry season than Bob Marley.
Like Sue Marlington, a number of people don’t know there is a monarchy in Belgium, but people know that Belgium killed Patrice Lumumba because he fought for the independence of his country, Congo, and the Belgians were mad. Astonishingly, everyone including illiterates and remote villagers knew who Bob Marley was because of what he stood for which reflects on his music.
A lot has already been written about this little man from Jamaica with full of wisdom and knowledge, so I’m not going to repeat articles already written. Today, I have selected 10 statements Bob Marley made in his music for readers, music lovers, and the so-called politicians who have destroyed this world to ponder over them.
- Culled from the track ‘Natural Mystic’:
There’s a natural mystic blowing through the air; If you listen carefully now you will hear.
This could be the first trumpet, might as well be the last: Many more will have to suffer,
Many more will have to die – don’t ask me why.
2. Culled from the track ‘Talking Blues’:
I – I’m a gonna take a just-a one step more ‘Cause I feel like bombin’ a church –
Now – now that you know that the preacher is lyin’.So who’s gonna stay at home
When – when the freedom fighters are fighting?
3. Culled from the track ‘Babylon System:
We refuse to be What you wanted us to be; We are what we are: That’s the way (way) it’s going to be. You don’t know! You can’t educate I For no equal opportunity:
(Talkin’ ’bout my freedom) Talkin’ ’bout my freedom, People freedom (freedom) and liberty! Yeah, we’ve been trodding on the winepress much too long: Rebel, rebel!
Yes, we’ve been trodding on the winepress much too long:Rebel, rebel!
4. Culled from the track ‘Ambush In The Night:
(Ooh-wee, ooh-wee, ooh-wa!) See them fighting for power (ooh-wee, ooh-wee, ooh-wa!),
But they know not the hour (ooh-wee, ooh-wee, ooh-wa!),; So they bribing with their guns, spare-parts and money, Trying to belittle our Integrity now. They say what we know
Is just what they teach us; And we’re so ignorant ‘Cause every time they can reach us (shoobe, doo-wa) Through political strategy (shoo-be, doo-wa); They keep us hungry (shoobe, doo-wa), And when you gonna get some food (shoobe, doo-wa), Your brother got to be your enemy, we-e-ell! Ambush in the night, all guns aiming at me.
5. Culled from the track ‘One Drop’:
I know Jah’s never let us down; Pull your rights from wrong (I know Jah would never let us down) Oh, no! Oh, no! Oh, no! They made their world so hard (so hard): Every day we got to keep on fighting (fighting); They made their world so hard (so hard): Every day the people are dyin’ (dying), yeah! (It dread, dread) For hunger (dread, dread) and starvation (dread, dread, dread, dread), Lamentation (dread dread), But read it in Revelation (dread, dread, dread, dread): You’ll find your redemption And then you give us the teachings of His Majesty, For we no want no devil philosophy; A you fe give us the teachings of His Majesty,
A we no want no devil philosophy:
6. Culled from the track ‘Time Will Tell’:
Jah would never give the power to a baldhead Run come crucify the Dread. Time alone – oh, time will tell: Think you’re in heaven, but ya living in hell.
7. Culled from the track ‘Redemption Song’:
Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery; None but ourselves can free our minds.
Have no fear for atomic energy, ‘Cause none of them can stop the time. How long shall they kill our prophets, While we stand aside and look? Ooh! Some say it’s just a part of it:
We’ve got to fulfill the book.
8. Culled from the track ‘One Love’:
One Love! One Heart! Let’s get together and feel all right. Hear the children cryin’ (One Love!); Hear the children cryin’ (One Heart!), Sayin’: give thanks and praise to the Lord and I will feel all right; Sayin’: let’s get together and feel all right. Wo wo-wo wo-wo!
9. Culled from the track ‘Coming In From The Cold’:
It’s you – it’s you – it’s you I’m talkin’ to -Well, you (it’s you) – you (it’s you) – you I’m talking to now. Why do you look so sad and forsaken? When one door is closed, don’t you know other is open? Would you let the system make you kill your brotherman? No, no, no, no, no, no! No, Dread, no! Would you make the system make you kill your brotherman?
(No, Dread, no!) Well, the biggest – biggest man you ever – ever – see was-a once a baby.
10. Culled from the track: ‘Pimpers Paradise’:
She loves to party, have a good time; She looks so hearty, feeling fine; She loves to smoke, sometime shiftin’ coke; She’ll be laughin’ when there ain’t no joke. A pimper’s paradise: that’s all she was now; A pimper’s paradise: that’s all she was; A pimper’s paradise: that’s all she was now; Pimper’s paradise: that’s all she was. (Every need got an ego to feed;
Every need got an ego to feed.)
Bonus- Culled from the track ‘Stiff Necked Fools’:
Stiff-necked fools, you think you are cool To deny me for simplicity. Yes, you have gone for so long With your love for vanity now. Yes, you have got the wrong interpretation Mixed up with vain imagination. So take Jah Sun, and Jah Moon, And Jah Rain, and Jah Stars, And forever, yes, erase your fantasy, yea-eah! The lips of the righteous teach many, But fools die for want of wisdom. The rich man’s wealth is in his city; The righteous’ wealth is in his Holy Place.
Conclusion and opinion:
Black history has been tampered with and facts have been swept under the carpet by one race to portray another race inferior. Many times, I hear people saying that ‘I am ashamed to be a White man.’ due to the evil things committed against other people on this earth’s surface. But nobody needs to be ashamed. Instead, let’s pray for those who have bitter hearts towards others because bitterness will only promote your health to disaster.