How Did Reggae Festivals turn Into All White Affairs?

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Is this the new face of

They had white sponsors, white organizers, white groups, and white folks at the gate collecting the money. How did this happen? White Supremacists poured white women on the Rasta men and now Rastas are WHITE! Am I lying? Of course not. And what’s funny is that these white Rastas are the well to do children whose parents were locking up, beating and marginalizing black folks for decades. Confused? Let me help you.


This weekend, I went to a Reggae Festival in Hampton Roads Virginia. I saw white men, most with dreaded up hair, playing bongos, drums and on stage playing and singing Reggae. It was a shameful farce. The so called den mother, was a white woman with dreaded up hair. Damn, I thought the meaning of Rasta was black.


But all the vendors were black or Rasta. The Rasta’s who did come out weren’t spending any money with their own. Regular black folks came out in support and to have fun; they were spending their money. And of course white folks (flower children throwbacks) who be “all dreaded up,” spent money. Although it was obvious the white girls were there to pick up black guys. All the economics were controlled by white folks.
Did the Rastafarians sell out? Is this just happening in America? What are the Rasta’s doing about it? It now seems REGGAE MUSICAND CULTURE IS BEING CONTROLLED BY WHITE FOLKS; at least in America. I wonder what’s happening in the Islands.

People of color have to learn to say “NO.” By the time you learn to keep your culture, rituals and traditions to yourself, they won’t be yours anymore. In 100 years all Rastafarians will be WHITE; except for legend Bob Marley and then historians will say, “well, you know his father was white.”


Once the white woman gets a hold of the Rasta man……he’s done!
If you Rasta’s (gots) to have a white woman, go ahead, but have the decency to tell her to stay the F**k in her lane and out of your business; keep her regular EUROPEAN hairstyle, dress and lifestyle-she don’t need dreads. When you were chasing her down the street, she had her regular BECKY WHITE GIRL HAIR, THEN YOU WANT TO TURN HER RASTA. White supremacists are going to take your islands and put you all on reservations.

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 “Get your hands out that devil’s hair!”

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I guess he’s feeling IRIE




8 thoughts on “How Did Reggae Festivals turn Into All White Affairs?

  1. goes back as far as corcusites claiming they are the iseaelite, it maybe so, but the true spelling = Isrealite is all Darkness, Shalom


  2. Well im White, but this is spot on. Whites should preserve their culture and stop invading other cultures as well as blacks.


  3. Very sad…..I mean. I’ve got no Rastas, I m white n I just love Reggae Music. The music connects ppl. Does it really offend you if u c a white woman/man with Rastas? I mean I don’t feel offended when a black woman wears indian hair…. can’t u just try 2 leave peacefully 2gether n finally get over a stupid thing like skincolour? Is that d only thing that defines u? That gives u ur character? Very sad 2 hear that in d 21st century. I believe that we got all only 1 life. So lets live it here n now. What passed passed. Injustice happened n is still happening. Let’s fight it 2gether united. ✌


  4. You are clearly expressing your opinion, but you are stuck holding onto judgements that remain unto JAh. So called RACE is a construct of the mind. You cannot say that billions of people that appear to look the same on the surface, must all be the same in mindset and ways, or all ‘evil’ as you claim. Tafari Makonnen states that it is imperative that all peoples stand united together for the betterment of Imanity, the nations must help one another. All must seek knowledge before vengeance.


  5. The reggae concerts I’ve been to have usually been an even split between Black & white people. Very chill vibes. Not like a rock or rap concert where everyone’s drunk & loud…

    You’re right that the first Rastas were Black and the majority remain as such, but Rasta doesn’t necessarily include only Black people. The chant is “Death to all oppressors Black & White”. As long as the white Rastas are genuine in their expression of love for Jah & fight oppression when possible, they’re as “real” as any of Jah’s children. The same Creator made us all, unless you adhere to the absurd view that whites were made in a lab by a mad scientist like the NOI 5%’ers believe. Rasta don’t believe that mess.

    Also, just because a person has dreads & likes reggae does NOT mean they consider themselves Rastas. The Rasta lifestyle is quite strict in what foods they can eat, what drugs they ingest & other aspects. Are there fake Rastas out there? Of course, but the same can be said of Christian, Muslim & all other religions. Some people just like the image & don’t believe the tenets in their hearts. The Creator will deal with them in due time; it’s not up to us to judge who is real vs. fake.

    Bob Marley always had primarily white audiences in the U.S. which bothered him to his dying day, not because he didn’t love his white fans but because he wanted to reach American Black people with his message. Nothing wrong with that. But the white-people-loving-reggae thing is not new.


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