Whereto, with the “Crabs-In-A-Barrel” syndrome? – By: Bertram ‘Ras Mandito’ Johnson

The story has been told of the “Willie Lynch Speech” made famous by a slavery plantation owner named William Lynch, who operated in the British West Indies. He was said to have been the expert slave master who gave the formula for having slaves controlling themselves for the master for at least 300 years!

In the West Indies, there was always a sizable proportion of mulattoes among the slave population, these being the planter-and-slave  offspring which had resulted mainly from the white man’s love for raping slave women and young girls. To a much lesser extent, some children also manifested from sexual relations between male slaves and a few of the white women and girls who resided on the plantations.

“Willie” Lynch was quick to point out to his fellow slave masters, that the inordinate punishment of slaves for the numerously contrived infractions on the plantation was counter-productive. His formula was simply to apply estate privileges in accordance with the different colour shades of the slaves, graduating upwards in importance from black, through the browns, and up to the whitest-looking slave; who may probably be trained and appointed to a post like ‘bookkeeper’.

Other prestigious positions like cook, house slave, slave driver, gardener and/or “Massa’s” personal assistant, became the focus of great competition and treachery among the slaves, each seeking to make a bad report to “Massa” about the person who is perceived to be in the position to which he/she would like to be promoted. This “Willie Lynch Syndrome” or “Crabs-In-A-Barrel Mentality” has been identified by our scholars to be still fundamentally influencing relationships between the descendants of the slaves, and being mainly responsible for the proliferation, real or imaginary, for what Jamaicans today refer to as “bad-mind”.
 
There seem to be crabs of all sizes in the barrel, and the greatest intent of everyone is to not allow anyone to get out ahead. They prefer instead, to keep on dragging back each other down, hitting off and losing hands, legs, fangs, etc. in the process; never pausing to realize that they can unite their efforts to easily and quickly get everyone out of the barrel. It is such a great shame today, my brothers and sisters, to feel compelled to admit that Mr. William Lynch might have been entirely correct in his prediction.

“While We Fight One Another, For The Power & The Glory, the Kingdom goes to waste”

From left to right: Robin ‘Bongo Jerry’ Small (“Straight Up” – News Talk 93FM), Andrea ‘Kabu Ma’at Kheru” Williams (“Running African” – Irie FM) & Allan “Mutabaruka” Hope (“The Cutting Edge” &
              
“Steppin’ Razor” – Irie FM) at last year’s tribute to Marcus Garvey & the U.N.I.A.

These are lines from a popular song by Ernie Smith, which were more aimed at the political tribalism culture of Jamaica, especially when the time approaches another general election. Whether Ernie Smith would have perceived Jamaica, prophetically, to be today’s “Spiritual Jerusalem” is uncertain. What the publishers of “The Testament of Rastafari…Unlocking the KJV” can factually report, is that, since advising the Jamaican media of the publication of this book three years ago, we only gained a relevant exposure a few weeks ago on Kabu Ma’at Kheru’s “Running African”, and are yet to be so entertained by either Mutabaruka on “The Cutting Edge” or “Steppin’ Razor”, or by Bongo Jerry on his “Straight Up” programme.

Ironically, we have singled out these three individuals, only after we had ruled out the vast majority of Jamaica’s media practitioners, from whom it is already the norm to expect little or nothing African, and because we had felt that we stood the best chance with one of or all three of these popular Pan-Africanists, to get exposure for such Rastafari vibrations.

We have love and a healthy respect for all three, given their strong, long-term activism for the rights of our African brothers and sisters in Jamaica and all around the world.

What then, could have caused us such a struggle for more than three years, for someone on Jamaican radio to simply say “The Testament of Rastafari has been published”?

What could be the reason why recent press releases seeking to educate our people regarding the true history and identity of the Akan Maroons, of our nativity and journey to the place of our cry and anticipation of redemption, are not acknowledged and/or supported by any Jamaican media, even many weeks after release, and not even by our strong Pan-Africanists on radio? (Google Search: “Republic of Kasambu…Open Appeal to President Obama”; “The Rastaman’s Case for Ganja…A Divine One”; “Garvey…Freedom Fighter, Prophet, or Stumbling Block”; “The Jamaican Akan Root”; “Kasambu…Open Notice of Intentions to Jamaican Government”; “Early Childhood Sexual Abuse, Crime, and Invasion of the Holy of Holies”Akan ) and Akan Queen Nanny… Rasta

We are strained to contemplate residual influence of the “Crabs-In-A-Barrel” mentality in our respected Pan-Africanists; and yet, it is hard to ignore the fact that the great-great-great grandniece of Queen Nanny, the current Maroon Secretary of State, the first appointed Crown Ambassador of the African Continent Kingdoms Federation (ACKF) to Jamaica & Caricom, and a co-publisher of “The Testament of Rastafari”,  has found it exceptionally difficult to be acknowledged, heard, read or employed even seven years after returning to her homeland, ostensively to seek to ensure the rights gained by the Maroons via a Blood Treaty signed with Britain in 1739.

We do know that two of our releases, namely, “The Rastaman’s Case for Ganja, a Divine One” and “Garvey…Freedom Fighter, Prophet or Stumbling Block” would have naturally angered all Garveyites, as we ourselves had to work through great recrimination upon finding the facts to suggest that Garvey and his U.N.I.A. might have been the most elaborate scam ever perpetrated by an African against Africans.

Since the truth has nowhere to go, except to revelation, we know that our erstwhile Garveyite friends will have to reconcile with that in due course. Indeed, if Garvey had not “left Queen Nanny a road”, Jamaica would most probably be in the possession of its rightful African owners today!

This year however, there’s a graven image of Garvey already made or in the making, being projected to be a centre-piece attraction for another massive tribute in August, coming after the humongous all-year tribute last year. All of this in “Spiritual Jerusalem”, for another “Barabbas”, while the honour to Rastafari, the Lord of Spirits, the Almighty, is given only a deceptive lip-service.

As witnesses of Rastafari, and being cognizant of the pregnancy of prophecy at this TIME, we advise sharp focus on the following:

“They honour me with their mouth, but their hearts are far from me”

Isa.42 v 8: “I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images”

Isa.42 v 13-17: “The Lord shall go forth as a mighty man, he shall stir up jealousy like a man of war: he shall cry, yea, roar; he shall prevail against his enemies.

I have long time holden my peace; I have been still, and refrained myself: now will I cry like a travailing woman; I will destroy and devour at once.

I will make waste mountains and hills, and dry up all their herbs: and I will make the rivers islands, and I will dry up the pools.

And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.

They shall be turned back, they shall be greatly ashamed, that trust in graven images, that say to the molten images, Ye are our gods”

2 Thess.2 v 3-4: “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God”

Isa.44 v 6-8: “Thus saith the Lord the King of Is’ra-el, and his redeemer the Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.

And who, as I, shall call, and shall declare it, and set it in order for me, since I appointed the ancient people? And the things that are coming, and shall come, let them shew unto them.

Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? Ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? Yea, there is no God, I know not any”

“Judgment must begin at the House of the Lord”! 1 Peter 4:17

Our message to the Akan Root of Jamaica is to return our hearts and minds to our ancient foundation, to the LAW of our forefathers, to the Love of Almighty God of Righteousness; to love one another, to love our neighbour as we love ourselves. Thus (“YES-US”) will we save the world!

The will of Almighty God, Yawh Rastafari, be done in Earth,…. as it is in Heaven!

Bertram ‘Ras Mandito’ Johnson
& Dr. Christina Sinclair PhD, MSW, DCH
Author/Publishers of “The Testament of Rastafari…Unlocking the KJV”
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