Day Of Reflection, So….. Reflecting

    Half a century ago Tafari Makonnen, AKA Haile Selassie, the last Emperor of Ethiopia, addressed to the General Assembly of the United Nations in these terms:

   ‘On the question of racial discrimination, the Addis Ababa Conference taught, to those who will learn, this further lesson: That until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned: That until there are no longer first-class and second class citizens of any nation; That until the colour of a man’s skin is of no more significance than the colour of his eyes; That until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race; That until that day, the dream of lasting peace and world citizenship and the rule of international morality will remain but a fleeting illusion, to be pursued but never attained; And until the ignoble and unhappy regimes that hold our brothers in Angola, in Mozambique and in South Africa in subhuman bondage have been toppled and destroyed; Until bigotry and prejudice and malicious and inhuman self-interest have been replaced by understanding and tolerance and good-will; Until all Africans stand and speak as free beings, equal in the eyes of all men, as they are in the eyes of Heaven; Until that day, the African continent will not know peace. We Africans will fight, if necessary and we know that we shall win, as we are confident in the victory of good over evil.’

Then, Bob Marley, with the words in bold above, wrote this song:

 

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6 Responses to Day Of Reflection, So….. Reflecting

  1. Un auténtico himno de liberación de un continente que sigue en gran parte olvidado.

  2. Pablo says:

    A mi me gusta más la que dice lo de, get up, stand up, stand up for your rights, que si no me equivoco quiere decir algo así como, no te levantes, quédate en el sofá viendo Salvame de luxe, que ya se encargan los políticos de arreglarlo todo.
    Un abrazo.

    • A ver Pablo, si justo en el momento en el que uno se va a levantar le ponen en la tele un programa que dice que te va a Salvar, y encima lo hace “de lujo”, pues pa qué.

      Y para los políticos estas estrofas de esa misma canción que te gusta:

      “You can fool some people sometimes,
      But you can’t fool all the people all the time”.

      Besos.

      E.

  3. MARIS says:

    It is amazing the power of the music and a real pity that this man is not alive… Thanks brother for sharing with us your reflections…

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