I was taking a stroll through Facebook when I came across a post that spoke to the reason why one man wearing dreadlocks, is offended when someone mistakenly calls him Ras, Rasta, Rastafari or even Roots.
I am a Rastafari residing in Barbados, and I amazed at the dumbfoundedness, of this, I would like to say, “Brother”; but that would probably cause an offence as this term is synonymous with African centered/Pan African philosophy and culture, which he seems to have deep issues with.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and I am fully aware that what Mr. Adamson wrote is just that,his opinion. I also have an opinion on Rastafari, and on the words written by Mr. Adamson about Rastafari.
I have known Mr. Adamson for a number of years, and he in all that time has never presented himself in the light of Rastafari or as a Pan – Africanist. He did however readily present himself as an aspiring politician, with ideas for governance that would greatly benefit Barbados. I think I was one of the many who would have called him Ras when we first met, and was promptly corrected.
Anyway, Mr. Adamson wrote this, and my thoughts are keyed in red.