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Letter: History doesn't lie
Published on April 14, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

Dear Sir:

I would appreciate if I can be given the opportunity to make public my condolences to the family of His Holiness the Patriarch Granville Williams and to the brethren of the Sons of God Spiritual Baptist Faith. I would also like to make two points as to why history doesn’t lie. On observing the front page of a daily paper of Monday, 7th April, which carried a photo of members of the faith carrying the body of their Patriarch, what struck me most was the timing of his passing. Those of us who were aware of his illness and age (90) would not have been very surprised of his transition. He will be greatly missed and his legacy will live on.

First point, as I reflected on the timing of the transition of this legendary Barbadian on April 6 and on his contribution to the struggle for the mental liberation of African people, it brought to my consciousness that the month of April is significant in our struggle. Here are some events in April of interest:

1. 4th April 1968 Dr. Martin Luther king Jr. was assassinated. It is alleged that the CIA was responsible.

2. 5th April 1963 the Coral Gardens onslaught against Rastafari “dead or alive” which took place in Jamaica dubbed “Bad Friday”. This attack on the only group of persons at that time promoting positive images of Africans brought a negative and deadly response from the first and newly independent Caribbean nation (Jamaica).

3. 6th April 1976 the first international aviation terrorist bombing, the Cubanna Airline flight 455 that was blown out of the sky in Barbados waters. Barbados had assisted Cuba in getting its planes to Southern Africa to help in the liberation struggle against the Apartheid government of South Africa. It is alleged that a CIA agent was responsible for the bombing of the plane with 73 passengers and crew. This well-known terrorist is presently living comfortably in the USA.

4. 6th April 2014 the passing of the first and only Barbadian to have brought a black perspective on Christianity to Barbadians consciousness by denouncing the false white image of Jesus the Christ through his Spiritual Baptist Teaching and images. He sought to tell the truth about the African Hebrew Messiah Yeshua.

5. 7th April 1994 the start of Rwanda’s genocide that claimed the lives of some 800,000 men, women and children in less than 100 days. Western leaders have recently offered apologies for their negligence in not stopping the massacres.

Second point, on reflection of the above events I thought of the life and times of Nelson Mandela, who died on 5th December 2013. Between his release from prison in 1990 and his death in 2013 President Mandela’s image widened from that of a freedom fighter for South Africa’s liberation to becoming another black worldwide Icon for Human Rights, Social Justice and Reconciliation. This was symbolised in the unprecedented Memorial Service held for him on 10th December - ‘World Human Rights Day’.

Mandela had been in the liberation struggle for most of his life. He fought against the white South Africans (Afrikaners) who believe that God had given them superiority over the inferior black South Africans majority who did not have a physical symbol of their God. The Afrikaners were convinced of their superiority because of a victory over the Zulus in the battle of “Blood River” on 16th December 1838. Following that victory they entered into a covenant with their White God Image and proclaimed the 16th December as a ‘Day of Covenant’ and as a tribute to the power of their God over the God of the Zulus (Africans). Subsequently most of the defeated Zulus were then Christianised.

The South African government has erected a nine-metre (30ft) bronze statue of this icon outside Union Building in Pretoria. It was unveiled on 16th December and has Mandela’s hands outstretched as if to embrace not only all South Africans but the world’s humanity. This date is now being recognised by the majority people of South Africa as ‘Reconciliation Day’. The 16th December date is acknowledged by the majority people as a Day of Reconciliation while seeking justice – reparations; repairing the damage that was done. They are aware that previously since 1838 and the period of white minority rule this same date was celebrated by the minority whites and apartheid government as a ‘Day of Covenant’ to honour their victory as invaders over the Zulu nation and rulers over South Africans. From this date in 1838, Europeans dominated political and economic superiority over the African continent and its Diaspora countries until 1994 when the symbol of apartheid’s legal structural system was finally abolished.

The psychological damage to the African’ mind by the false white image as a God-Man who it is alleged came down from heaven and died to save us from sin has become real to the African. Most people of African descent now believe that this white God-Man is the only ancestor we can depend on, and who will return one day to bring peace and salvation to humanity. African people have also bought into the white man’s teaching that God made man, placed him into a garden alone and then after man complained to God about his loneliness He made woman as a helpmate for man. This was not the African concept of their God the Creator and of His/Her creation before slavery and colonialism. However, it is most interesting that in very recent times Pope Francis the most unconventional pope in history is alleged to have said that the “Adam and Eve story is a fable”. If this allegation proves to be accurate we Africans have a lot of unlearning and soul searching to do during the UN International Decade for People of African Descent 2015-2024.

History doesn’t lie; the truth will come to light.

Rev. Buddy Larrier
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