within and outside the movement of
Rastafari, there is debate about just about
any subject you can think of. Reasoning is a
training of the mind, and when you are
convinced of what you know then there is no
reason not to enter into a debate.
of course, that the debate or reasoning is
is also a lot of debate about the
movement too. In that debate, there is often
a lot of foolishness and disinformation from
especially so-called established religions
and propaganda machines.
video from the early 1990's, we can actually
see a debate between a Rasta and someone who
has criticism against Rastafari. And there
are a number of guests with interesting
things to say about the topic. Obviously the
topic is heavyweight and so the debate is,
opens with a criticaster of Rastafari saying
that although the movement of Rastafari is
opposed to materialism, the Ethiopian
Emperor was not. And that is an
understatement, as the video continues with
a "visual illustration" of his
moment, we are only two minutes into the
criticaster turns out to be the host of the
show. Interesting. the name of the show
becomes clear at this point. He turns to a
young Rasta in the audience who apparently
lost a job (or couldn't get one) because of
his identity as a Rasta.
introduces an "evolved
Rastafarian", a dramatist and writer
called Shango Baku. He was a member of a
group of UK based Rastas who went to
Ethiopia to celebrate Haile Selassie's
centennial and the show host asks Shango
some very provocative questions.
interview turns into a debate where both
participants ask and are asked questions.
About Shango's belief that the Ethiopian
Emperor is God, and whether he died or not.
Then we are
introduced to some interesting guests: a
cousin of the Ethiopian Emperor, for
example. Or his biographer, who has some
interesting things to say as well. A
representative of the Ethiopian Church joins
the debate as well, to go deeper into the
idea that His Imperial Majesty is God or
of repatriation is covered, too.
out, that to ask "when are you
going?" doesn't really provide the
non-answer the show host was apparently
looking for. But when he looked in the
audience, he also saw a white youth with
dreadlocks and so he had the caricature he
was hoping to get.
land is also spoken about, albeit towards
the end of the program. That's just before
the show host exposes the fact that he does
know about Rastafarians who do not believe
that the Ethiopian Emperor is God and tries
to use that fact to make a separation
between Rastafarians who do believe that.
interesting video, literally and truly from
the very first minute to