Unlike saying ‘war is stupid’, I go a bit further so it’s not so middle-of-the-road. There’s a great saying by some ancient Chinese writer that I could quote, but I don’t know it. Garvey believed that everybody had the right to control themselves, that black people should not be put down. All these benefits for Ethiopia, like I say at the end of ‘Stop the War’: ‘They tell I that they want to make the world free, But yet they’re just draining the economy So when dem talk about their food for the famine I shall tell dem it was their war from the beginning And it would not be there if they were willing No, not if governments were willing.’ It’s a bit of corn and a bit of wheat to feed the people. It just happened to be in the areas where things are bad, where black people are. MISS WORLD by Benjamin Zephaniah Beauty is about how you behold more than silver more than gold If I say I am beautiful know this is not incredible cause beauty is about how you greet de everyday people dat you meet You are beautiful so all rejoice your beauty is a natural choice.
I say: ‘Stop the war stop the war Military powers we know who you are All your allies have guiltiness And the people don’t want no nuclear mess.’ Governments go to war. What I’m saying is not to convert people to my politics, but to say: listen, let’s tell them exactly how we feel. Basically, it meant a politician must, first of all, be a person. From the bookshop came a Co-operative Development Agency and that helped set up workers’ co-ops, such as a print shop. If we want builders, we get them in the co-op – baby-sitters, everything. He believed in a bit of socialism, a bit of capitalism. You can’t just shove something off because it’s capitalism. I smile because this sounds like an anarchist view, but I feel people should realise that they don’t necessarily have to vote. As Garvey said: If we don’t see a united Africa, then Africa will always rely on other people for help. We’ve been downtrodden so long, why be angry again and start more wars? The police and the Government have ways of cooling it down. Now with the miners, they can exercise and practise. My sister is a beautiful girl she don’t want to be Miss World her value is not prize money more value than a pearl My sister is a beautiful girl human delight she could be out of sight but she would rather stay and fight.
ACT has posted a set of statistics that demonstrates the real violence against Muslims, it is not Jews, Christians or even America that is leading the pack in Muslim Genocide, but rather other Muslims.
These numbers (almost 10 million killed by other Muslims) defy rationality and surely anyone with half a brain can see where the real problem lies.
I am a practising Rastafarian, but I don’t see my mission as converting everybody to religion. I can only get my views from what I see and what I learn. It allows me to look at Buddhism, Christianity, Marxism, everything. One time, I really used to like sports cars, sex with girls as much as possible, having lots of money, worrying what I looked like in front of people. But if someone gave me a 50-50 mark, it would be more 60% socialist.
Note how far down the list is the entry in bold type.
The West Indian dialect is exaggerated but the message is clearly rooted in the British political experience. Then I went to school, and become a burglar when I was about 10, started playing truant, getting in trouble. I went to approved school, I went to borstal, I went to jail. 1 got in trouble once for fighting with a police officer in the Bull Ring. You need people on the streets who are public servants. But, it’s no good getting on stage singing about this, that, and the other, and not doing any work in the community. We used to listen to a lot of Jamaican music then, with Jamaican messages, so I wanted to do the same thing with an English slant to it. When I started, because I was putting poetry on the music, it sounded very unusual to everybody. Then I started doing a lot more on my own, and the band disintegrated. Thatcher was really unpopular, you know, when there were riots and things.
With a pamphlet, album and single to his credit, his regular live appearances range from Miners’ benefits and youth clubs to the Edinburgh Festival and the Black Penmanship Awards. One time, I got a two-year sentence for something I’d never done. So I go round to schools, community centres, even mental hospitals sometimes, doing poetry and talking. There was a power cut one day and I just carried on without the music! I started experimenting with writing songs and rhythmic poetry, and managed to get a little pamphlet out. People were interviewing me and saying: you’re a bit lucky in a way. It’s just happened that people are taking more notice now. Poetry that I’d read, or prose, spent too much time going round something. When I first started to get into the hands of the press, people used to come up to me and think I was some kind of a mystic. The biggest word I use is probably ‘inflation’ or ‘immigration’.
Islam may or may not be a peaceful religion, but the people who dominate the religion and are the face that the world sees as representation of the religion, surely are far from peaceful.
“some 11,000,000 Muslims have been violently killed since 1948, of which 35,000, or 0.3 percent, died during the sixty years of fighting Israel, or just 1 out of every 315 Muslim fatalities.