Okay, it’s not Sunday quite yet, but I wanted to get in early this week with a favourite song of mine.
I’m disabled these days. I don’t protest, I don’t shout about things. But some of my feelings are every bit as radical as when I was in my teens! This is one of the songs that makes me tick.
On to the song. Haile Selassie was the emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to the mid 1970s. He is revered as the messiah, by Rastas. If you’re gonna have a religion, it may as well be this. Christians, after all, believe that a messiah came out of Judaism, and furthermore that the messiah will come again. So there is a certain synergy between the two beliefs. It’s no surprise that the singer, Bob Marley, was also a Rastaman.
The song is an almost literal transcript of a speech made by Haile Selassie to the United Nations way back in 1963. I guess intentionally, the music is very background, and the lyrics take centre-stage. Please listen to these words, and marvel that more than fifty years have passed, and so little has changed. The subject might have moved on from race (possibly. Some of my friends would disagree.) but this void has been filled by any number of other prejudices.