Jamaica experienced a deadly conflict between two political parties in 1976. In one side there was The People’s National Party (PNP) and on the other side there was the Jamaican Labour Party (JLP). While improvising the lyrics of Jamming, Marley stopped and invited the leaders from the two opposing parties to the stage. Michael Manley and Edward Seaga had their hands glued together and for a magical short moment, Jamaica was united. Love prevailed.
Bob Marley’s speech is once again extremely appropriate due to the latest events that took place in the United States.
Are we there yet?
Is there a final destination?
How do you feel today?
I am a warrior of freedom and unity.
Below, lyrics from the song War by the beautiful brown hero, Bob Marley.
“Until the philosophy which hold one race
Superior and another inferior
Is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned
Everywhere is war, me say war.
That until there are no longer first class
And second class citizens of any nation
Until the color of a man’s skin
Is of no more significance than the color of his eyes
Me say war.
That until the basic human rights are equally
Guaranteed to all, without regard to race
Dis a war.
That until that day
The dream of lasting peace, world citizenship
Rule of international morality
Will remain in but a fleeting illusion
To be pursued, but never attained
Now everywhere is war, war.
And until the ignoble and unhappy regimes
That hold our brothers in angola, in mozambique,
South africa sub-human bondage
Have been toppled, utterly destroyed
Well, everywhere is war, me say war.
War in the east, war in the west
War up north, war down south
War, war, rumours of war.
And until that day, the african continent
Will not know peace, we africans will fight
We find it necessary and we know we shall win
As we are confident in the victory.
Of good over evil, good over evil, good over evil
Good over evil, good over evil, good ever evil.”