war

its the formal wear war. u know i cant win but i have to try and am not into trying i do. who makes these laws i say rebel !

i am in no way opposed to wearing business suits only don’t push me  into it and try to justify asking me why i can’t be like “everybody else”. only dead fish go with the current. it is my duty towards attaining gainful employment.

i’d really love to attend those black tie, white tie events but like some clubs; management reserves the right to admit or reject your ‘advances’. yea yea when you go to Rome…

Dress codes


its sad that Kenya has no national dress the recent joke of a national dress search not withstanding. i have to ‘salimu amri’ of course ‘shingo upande’ for fear of instigating a scriptural backlash. its this fire that burns in me, its the ‘dark’ spirit of rebellion. you don’t understand why i have to be so ideologically obstinate ! why cant i just wear an Agbaja? Colonial mentality i beseech you; No, freedom is not free ! (amani haiji ila kwa ncha ya upanga)

War


H.I.M Haile Selassie’s address to the United Nations would be inappropriate to bring out what am talking about, or would it ? ok i’ll take exerpts like:

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 “

Petty prejudice

laws are meant to govern the living in their conduct and interaction with each other. Apartheid was once law in South Africa and what of Segregation in the country that allegedly espouses freedom or liberty ? First impressions are important see how immaculate H.I.M is. I need to be presentable – I hear you ! Tell me what you value most. When i say ” wolves in sheep clothing” what comes to mind ?

Morgan Heritage’s  ‘A Man is still a Man Lyrics

Chorus
A man is still a man whether him wear jacket and tie, or walk barefoot.
The only difference is whether him good or evil.
A man is still a man whether him rich or poor black or white for sure.
The only difference is whether him good or evil.

“The basis of racial discrimination and colonialism has been economic, and it is with economic weapons that these evils have been and can be overcome.”

Forget its a white man’s world; i need not remind you and if i do its without malice. Give in and give up for its the norm. When the dryness of my lips and grumbling of my stomach overwhelm me I shall too. I see the future; i will need a job. When it comes to pass I ask of you not to laugh at my tears. Its not the suit i have an issue with …and i have issues.

Exerpts

As H.I.M speaks of Africans I would wish you not to take literally instead picture it metaphorically; I know you know ”…am not a writer am a poet”.

“Until bigotry and prejudice, malicious and inhuman self-interest have been replaced by understanding and tolerance and good will, yeah, war. Until all Africans stand and speak as free beings equal in the eyes of the almighty, war. Everywhere is war.”

May the good offices of the Almighty Lord King of Kings bestow you with sight – it is the gateway to the soul. So open your heart and your mind

” …we must look into ourselves, into the depth of our souls. We must become something we have never been and for which our education and experience and environment have ill-prepared us. We must become bigger than we have been : more courageous, greater in spirit, larger in outlook. We must become members of a new race, overcoming petty prejudice, owing our ultimate allegiance not to nations but to our fellow men within the human community.”

This then, is the ultimate challenge. Where are we to look for our survival, for the answers to the questions which have never before been posed ? We must look, first, to the Almighty God, Who has raised man above the animals and endowed him with intelligence and reason. We must put our faith in Him, that He will not desert us or permit us to destroy humanity which He created in His image.”

“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.”

In his speech to the U.N.,H.I.M  Haile Selassie reminded his listeners (as i would you, my beloved audience) that these are only words; their value depends wholly on our will to observe and honour them and give them content and meaning.

______________________

For H.I.M Haile Selassie I

excerpts from 1963 speech to the U.N

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2 thoughts on “war

  1. The UN did not exist in 1936. In that year, Haile Selassie I addressed the League of Nations. In 1963, Haile Selassie I addressed the United Nations and gave what has become known as the War Speech. Please be in touch if i can help you find any books, periodicals, orders medals and insignia of Royal Ethiopia and Haile Selassie I. The link below is to photos of some of my items for sale as shown in a facebook photo album. RASpect!

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