Now I write this not to boast and brag, because I know as a young man I did my share of stuff, that my family don’t know about till this day, but as I have stated over and over, when it comes to my survival and yours…fuck you! We for, the most part were young men, we weren’t In the church and could not embrace the turn the other cheek philosophy. Unfortunately, just like after the panthers left the mean streets of Oakland in California, without the proper mechanism to educate those coming up behind them, we didn’t do the same, as we grew old, too late to realize that the oppression that we experienced and physically fought against, was altered and affected our children psychologically. Yet they are unprepared for the tools of that war and were using physicality instead of intelligence. This is why in Toronto, so many of the youth are imitating the bastard children of the Black Panthers, the Crips and Bloods, aided and abated by the politicians and Po lice. Many of these youth bangers aren’t even Island born or from Jamaica, but the memories of earlier days are indelibly impressed on the minds of Caucasian in Toronto, so every African or Knee-grow who acts criminally or who they FEEL acts criminally are automatically labeled Jamaican. So cheer up world, if you can say Irie, yeah man! Punanny and some form of patois…you are Jamaican. Smdh.
Still the energy Jamaicans carry is so deeply ingrained in our melanated DNA, that one would realize that there is more to us than Reggae music, Ganja and one love. People tend to or chose to forget that during and after the Imperial and colonial wars aged in African by all the nations of Europe, it was the strongest, bravest and most able men, who were the wall against the beast crossing our borders. It was these same fitter people, rebellious and politically dangerous to puppet kings in different African countries that were initially sold to the “white devil”. Afterwards when his appetite fro dark bodies became insatiable, the devil stopped trading and bartering and started to make political allegiance with the varied countries in Europe, then breaking them after getting increased black gold from Africa. Numerous scholarly narratives have indicated that the strongest and most able at the time were pulled kicking and screaming from the shores of African to Europe and the West Indies, before making the journey to America. For the plantation owners, obedient slaves were imperative to a well run economic machine. Therefore to prevent disruptions, these same troublesome Negros were fist sent to Jamaica to be broken, tamed and returned to America. And while many were, hue man nature being what is it, some rebelliousness did get through the filtering system, such as Harriet and Sojourner, and one of my heroes, Nat Turner.
In Jamaica, we came off the ship fighting. We fought on the plantation and we fought and ran away. Many of us were mistakenly named after one of the more prominent liberation fighters and anti imperialist’s soldiers from the Cameroon. Banded together the spirits of the ancestors, through leaders such as Nanny, Cudjo and others, the Cameroons and other nations who ran away, became the cimaroons and later just Maroons. This is where the spirit of Jamaica came from and where we start our narrative.
Nanny Town Rediscovered
This is lifted directly from youtube where it was posted: This video documents the disappearing languages of the Eastern Maroons of Moore Town, Jamaica. The languages are (i) Kromanti, a language variety related to the Akan language cluster of West Africa, and (ii) Uol Taim Patwa or ‘Maroon Spirit Language’, a very archaic form of English-lexicon Creole, similar in many ways to the Creole languages of Suriname. The language is presented through Mr Isaac Bernard, one the last culture bearers of the community, with a good command of these languages. The video is part of the Caribbean Indigenous and Endangered Languages website, which is co-sponsored by the Jamaican Language Unit/Unit for Caribbean Language Research, University of the West Indies, Mona, and (the population control entity that is UNESCO).
The bracketed and highlighted insertion is my own, just to let my readers know that UNESCO, like the UN and PLANNED PARENTHOOD are genocidal entities that uses money to integrate themselves into indigenous cultures in order to eventually wipe them out.
The Kromanti Language of the Jamaican Maroons pt 1 and 2
Morant Bay Rebellion – History Uncovered