Yesterday, was the third anniversary of the slaying of Trayvon Martin. Trayvon who would have been 20 years old, was cut down in his prime while on his way home from buying a packet of candy and some ice tea. The results of this incident has created a huge rift in regards to race and racism in America.
But like Steel Pulse says, it’s “Love and Justice thru Music!”
“In the ultimate irony, Americans’ embrace of the victim in the Alabama case seems to have everything to do with the fact that he was a foreigner—and not a black man, as the police had initially believed. These sympathies, coupled with authorities’ vow for swift justice, delineate the hierarchy and complexity of race in America.”
It was 50 years ago today that Malcolm X visit us in Birmingham, UK. Marshall Street was a busy place that day, and the impact Malcom had on us all was a life-long inspiration – to stand up for justice and equality.
9 days later, he was assassinated. I and I never forget. Bless.
It’s been 52 years since the slaying of the hotel kitchen worker in Baltimore, MD, known as Hattie Carroll. Her name became very popular due to the meager punishment her perpetrator received, the following six months later.
It was Bob Dylan that made a difference being a voice against the racism in those days by writing his song based on this incident called, The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll.
We, Steel Pulse, have honoured the efforts of Bob Dylan by doing our own rendition of his song, which we have titled: From Natty to Hattie.
Hattie Carroll’s name will forever live on because her case was one of the many cases where Justice was not served. Anyway, checkout our updated version of the track. A big up, too to any of Hattie’s surviving family members.
Once again, as we observe another officially holiday in Honour Of Dr Martin Luther King. A year from now will be the 30th anniversary since such a legislation was signed. Come March 21st 2015, it will be the 50th anniversary when the “non-violent” march started in Selma and ended in Montgomery, a grueling four days later as protest in regards to the non-voting rights of the African American. The bill was finally signed on August 6th, 1965.
And I must say, that this new film titled “Selma,” came right on time. This movie is a “must see,” especially by all Americans. I tip my crown to the efforts of director, Ava DuVernay, producer and executive producers, Oprah Winfey and Brad Pitt, and the entire cast for bringing such an important part of history to light. Well Done, y’all!
Last but by no means least, my condolences to the wife and family of my dear brethren Michael Livingston, from Costa Rica. Such sad news to hear of his passing. Keep Strong Kathya! Remember, you have friends from across the waters.
“It always seems impossible until it’s done” – Nelson Mandela
It’s been a year today since Nelson Mandela passed away, and we must admit there is a void in this world without him. It has also been 50years this year when he started his 27 year prison sentence (June 12th, 1964). Come to think of it, it was a year to that day that another “equal rights” activist, Medgar Evers, was assassinated (June 12th, 1963).
Nevertheless, each time Mandela is remember by us, we have never forgotten the efforts of his wife Winnie and Bishop Desmond Tutu, just to name a few, who passionately kept his name alive during those 10,000 days of incarceration.
Nelson Mandela was accused of being a terrorist in his own homeland. Yet all he was asking for was Liberty, Justice and Equality; a human right that was strongly denied during the days of Apartheid. But as you all know there is a God and he managed to survive and beat all the odds, to be “officially released” on February 11th, 1990. I remember it well ’cause Mike Tyson got knocked out for the very first time on that day, too. Yes, Mandela Out! And Tyson Out!
Within four years, Nelson went on to be the first Black President of “New South Africa” in May 1994. This year 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the Inauguration for such a historical event.
Fighting to the end, Nelson managed to reach his 95th birthday of which Steel Pulse gave a “mini” celebration to honour him on Face Book and our website. (July 18th, 2013). At that time it was rumoured that he was very much bedridden. He lost his battle for life five months later.
Now in his state of rest, this Nobel Peace Prize winner (1993) shall forever be revered across the globe as one of the greatest men to bless our modern era.
I was right! Unfortunately, I was right. No indictment for Officer Darren Wilson. A close friend of mine relentlessly tried to convince me that “Justice” would be served and I said, “Not from where I am standing.”
But please remember that I did say that the American “Justice” system was in the balance depending on the outcome of the Trayvon Martin case…. Now this.
I hate to say I was right.
Now, Maximum Respect for Ricky Jackson, who was incarcerated waaaaay back in 1975 for a murder he did not commit. Ricky, from Cleveland Ohio, went on to spend almost 40 years behind bars. That doesn’t really leave “Hurricane” Rubin Carter much to really grumble about, does it?
Well, at least Ricky Jackson broke the American Guinness Book of Record by being the longest serving prisoner to be exonerated.
Ricky, Jah is good, remember that!!! Love to your family and those that believed in you, bro.
Trust all is well. As you know we just had a wonderful and successful mini tour of South America; in particular, Argentina and Uruguay. It was good to bond with our fans. But I must say it has been enlightening all the way, especially on my journey back to the Caribbean. Almost every single Latin American country I had to use to connect my flights, portrayed elements of racism at the airports. Sad to say, but true.
On our travels, Steel Pulse have always been accustomed to the perpetuated racism across the globe in regards to the Black Diaspora. So we totally “over stand” the ignorance that plagues the earth. We are also fully aware that in many cases where we are invited with honour and respect, it is due to the fact that we are known “super stars” of the reggae world and barely anything else.
Having said this, this last journey, while catching a total of five planes in a row, was a real eye opener for me. At this rate we ask ourselves if there’s any hope for mankind being united. One thing for sure, outside of those that love the reggae that comes from that tiny island in the Caribbean, an island which also boasts the fastest man in the world, there is still a long way to go to acquire that certain level of eduction that helps to bring together world peace.
It took so long after these incidents to air my views ’cause I was contemplating whether it would be worth my while making this an issue or not.
After learning of the great Ronaldinho‘s most recent experience in the Mexico, I deemed it necessary to do so.