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We have not forgotten you, mi Irieites. Too much remains the same.
Hail Mi Irieites,
The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting occurred on December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, when 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children and 6 adult staff members. The incident was the deadliest mass shooting at a high school or grade school in U.S. history and the second-deadliest mass shooting by a single person in U.S. history, after the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings.
Today we honor the living who are still filled with sadness, and the dead who died in vain… When will we learn?
“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).
And before the day’s out, we are saying a “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” to James Marshall Hendrix, who would have turned 72 today. Just having a casual chat and Jimmy’s name came out in the conversation. That triggered me into remembering his birthday.
That guitar spirit that you had Jimmy is still with us…
Rock on wherever you are, bro.
( Nov 27th, 1942-Sept 18th, 1970)
Yes Mi Irieites,
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.
Yes Mi Irieites,
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.
Wake up and live!!!