Equal Rights and Justice
Rastafari developed in the 20th century amongst oppressed and poor Jamaicans of African descent. They teach that JAfrica, is where Zion, or paradise, shall be created and is a land that Jah promised to them. Jah is the God that Rastafari worship. They see Jah as being in the form of the Holy Trinity, that is, God being God the Father, God the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Rastafari is not a highly-organized religion; it is a movement and an ideology. By 1997, there were around one million Rastafari faithful worldwide. About 5-10% of Jamaicans identify themselves as Rastafari. Their dreadlocks are linked to a spiritual journey. It is taught that patience is the key to growing locks, a journey of the mind, soul and spirituality.
Emperor Haile Selassie I, “Jah Rastafari”.was crowned “King of Kings, Elect of God, and Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah” in Addis Ababa on November 2, 1930. The lion is a symbol of Haile Selassie. Jesus Christ is described as “the lion of Judah” in the Bible, and for this reason, he is seen as the reincarnation of Jesus. He visited Jamaica April 21, 1966 Grounation Day and for Rastafari,remains their God and their King.
National Flag of Jamaica “The Conquering Lion of Judah”
“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 color of a man’s skin is of no more significance than the color 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 And…until bigotry and prejudice and malicious and inhuman self-interest have been replaced by understanding and tolerance and good-will; until all Africans stand and speak as free beings, equal in the eyes of all men, as they are in the eyes of Heaven;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.”