I started listening to the music of Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer not too long out of high School. The music that was created by them and by Bob Marley after the departure of Tosh and Bunny is timeless.
The music has a strong tone for the racial divide our country currently faces. One song in particular fits this best. The lyrics for this song were Inspired by a speech from Haile Selassie, (Emperor of Ethiopia) to the UN on October 4, 1963.
In April 1976 Bob Marley and the Wailers released their 8th studio album Rastaman Vibration. On this album is the song that was inspired by Haile Selassie's UN speech. The song title is WAR.
The most powerful lyrics that to this day when I hear them in the proper environment give me goose bumps. “"Until the color of a man's skin Is of no more significance than the color of his eyes Me say war"
Fast forward to 2020 and I can honestly say that the color of a man's skin is not even close as insignificant then the color of his eyes. It's been over 40 years since the release of this song and that is why this WAR continues.
This is a WAR I strongly stand behind and support 100%. This is a WAR that must be fought BUT this war must be fought with NON VIOLENCE.
The ambush of 2 police officers that took place in Compton is disgusting. The aftermath at St. Francis Hospital in Lynwood where the critically injured police were blocked by crowds that were chanting “We hope they die” not only is it disgusting it was almost as bad as the ambush.
This WAR will be lost with this approach. This is a WAR that MUST follow a strict act of NON-VIOLENCE and NO MORE destruction of property. The momentum and goals for this WAR are fading each time violence takes place. Regardless of the goals there was no reason for the cowardly ambush to take place and to hear that people were chanting “We hope they die” not only goes against the goals it's just shows how little people value life.
I am sure BLM leaders do not condone this violence and should speak out against it. They may have already or they may have not, I'm not sure. This goes out to everyone who is protesting unwarranted force by police towards the black community and other minorities. The goals for change withing the police forces will not occur and will actually get worse if actions like this keep occurring.
You have the attention of the world. There is a chance to better our country but we can't better this country through hate and violence it must be done with compassion, understanding and by all means NO VIOLENCE. To obtain the goals no one needs to lower themselves to the level of violence that we are protesting. Lead by example and that example will be heard.
“ Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man” Mahatma Gandhi