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PETER TOSH AND I – THE TRENCH TOWN DAYS- THE HISTORY IN MY KEEP- JAMAICA’S LOSS- THE STONE THE BUILDERS REFUSED- REGGAE IS NOT FOR FOOLS- I AM RAS CARDO!

Excerpt from the (c) Reggae book of light and truths- the archives of Ras Cardo. PETER TOSH BY RAS CARDO- WE AND DEM. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

WRITTEN WITHOUT PREJUDICE- FOR THE LOVE OF MY BRETHREN.

CAVEAT: THOSE WHO THINK THAT I WOULD BE STUPID TO REVEAL AND BETRAY THE TRUST AND CONFIDENCES OF MY TRENCH TOWN BRETHRENS SO THAT THIEVES CAN BRING MY TRUTHS TO MARKET IN THE RAPING AND ROBBINGS OF MY PEOPLE AND OUR TRENCH TOWN REGGAE LEGACY AND HISTORY, CAN KEEP WAITING.

The Reggae I named, created, and the music which carries its messages to the world has not helped and benefited the poor people and the people of Trench Town from whence it came.

Jah has made it so that I now bear witness to the many inhumane, inhospitable, and inimical sufferings of my people including those of us from those early trench town days who have toiled, suffered and died as martyrs for this genre of music.

Whenever I look at the many works in the archival history of my trench town brethrens and sistrens and I, my question to Jah has always been- WHY THIS HEAVY AND BURDENSOME LOAD.

For though I may know the answer, I also know that its impossible to go live into the past.

The inimitable experiences of our trench town days where we had to fight against the injustices and the enemies of a system filled with iniquities and murderous strategies all aimed at getting rid of us because we spoke the truth, will never be forgotten.
I could sit and say- WHY ME JAH? But I know that Jah works must be done by whom he so choose to do it.

Peter Tosh- was a man of truth, who never tolerated injustice, yet as he spoke out against it he suffered many tribulations because of it.
He would have allowed me to tell you this: I was the first person whom he sought when he was brutally assaulted by the police suffering a broken forearm/wrist. I then took him to get help.
There is a lot of details to all this but I will not go into that at this time. I AM HERE TO BRING HONOR AND DIGNITY TO HIS NAME AND HIS WORKS BEFITTING A MESSENGER OF THE MOST HIGH GOD OF ALL CREATION.

HE WAS GROSSLY MIS-UNDERSTOOD, MADE A MOCKERY OF, RIDICULED, BETRAYED, AND THEN ASSASSINATED, ALL BECAUSE HE SPOKE THE TRUTH AND DEFENDED THE RIGHTS OF POOR PEOPLE.

MANY OF THOSE WHO HAD THE PRIVILEGE TO HANG AROUND HIM IN HIS LATTER YEARS USED HIM FOR WHAT THEY WANTED. THEY CARED NOT, NEITHER DID THEY GAVE A DAMN ABOUT THE TRUTH OF WHAT HE WAS TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH.

TODAY, IN 2015 YOU SEE GOVERNMENTS LEGALIZING MARIJUANA¬† FOR WHAT THEY CALL- ” MEDICAL REASONS”- SOMETHING WE KNEW LONG AGO THAT IT WAS GOOD FOR. YET THIS WAS THE SAME REASONS WHY THEY TORTURED AND CRUCIFIED HIM WHEN HE SANG ABOUT IT. HOW HYPOCRITICAL AND MURDEROUS ARE THOSE WICKED MEN.

THEY WERE MOSTLY COWARDS, AND JUDASES, AKIN TO THE BETRAYAL OF JESUS CHRIST BY PETER AND JUDAS.

I knew Peter long before any music took place. I used to visit him in his yard, and he spent a lot of time in mine. My parents knew him and cared for him well. He was a part of our family and so was all the others in the reggae community that the world now knows about.

We reasoned about everything seen and unseen. We collaborated on many projects. My father helped him to learn the harmonica.

I know that Peter was a true and courageous genius. Just how much of a genius he was, the world will never know, and I may never tell.
Those who write about him as a – STEPPIN RAZOR- should know who and where he got that name from and why?

Whenever I look and reflect on all of us from those early days, I relive the pain from the experiences of the sufferings and some good times which Jah has allowed us to share before our departure.

I see so many in the reggae media land writing and saying things about Peter that they have filtered down from several parasitic and narcissistic sources, which they sell to the public who know not the truth. LET ME SAY THIS: PETER TOSH- THE RASTAMAN. DID NOT LEND HIMSELF TO THE EXPERIMENTATION AND OPENESS LIKE THOSE CAGED ANIMAL SPECIMENS WAITING TO BE DISSECTED IN A BIOLOGICAL LAB.

THE TRUTHS WE SPEAK NEED NO APOLOGIES. IT NEEDS NO SHAME. IT STANDS ON ITS OWN.IT IS THE GOOD THAT WILL TRIUMPH OVER ALL EVIL. IT IS INCONTROVERTIBLE.

The Reggae we created in 1962 in my trench town back yard is for a reason. It was not the works of a fool.

TODAY I STAND BEFORE THE WORLD AND ALL MEDIA TO DECLARE THAT WHAT I DID CREATE WITH MY BRETHRENS IN 1962 TRENCH TOWN WILL HEAL THE NATIONS AND FREE THE PEOPLE FOR THE REDEMPTION OF JAH KINGDOM.

THE GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS CAN NOT TELL YOU WHAT I KNOW ABOUT REGGAE.THE PROFESSORS IN THE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES CANNOT TELL YOU.THOSE IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS HAVE NO CLUE. THOSE WHO TRY TO STEAL AND RUN WITH BITS AND PIECES OF REGGAE NEWS AND UNTRUTHS FOR SALE ARE LIKE THE THIEF WHO WILLGRAB A WOMAN’S PURSE NOT KNOWING IF ITS FULL OR EMPTY WITH VALUABLES.

Yet I am comforted in the knowledge of the good times we shared together since those early trench town days up and until his departure from planet earth.

JAMAICA, AND THE WORLD HAS LOST YET ANOTHER GREAT SOLDIER, HUMANITARIAN, AND FRIEND OF THE PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY THE POOR. THOSE WHO SAY THEY GOVERN JAMAICA WILL SOME DAY REGRET WHAT THEY HAVE DONE TO NOT JUST US,AS REGGAE MESSENGERS, BUT TO THE POOR PEOPLE.

THOSE WHO HAVE STOLEN FROM US OVER THE YEARS WILL REAP THE BREAD OF SORROW, FOR WHAT WAS SWEET TO THE MOUTH SHALL BECOME BITTER TO THE BELLY.
It has been to date as at this writing, 27 years since you were taken away from us. May Jah rest your soul my brethren, till we meet again in Jah kingdom. (c) Ras cardo speaks. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED GLOBALLY.

WOMEN-WHO NEGATIVELY TRAIN AND WARPED THE MINDS OF THEIR SONS/DAUGHTERS AGAINST THE FATHERS. TELL THE CHILDREN THE TRUTHS.

Excerpt from the book- WE AND DEM-(c) Ras Cardo speaks.

Written without prejudice:

I must first make certain remarks so that those who read this will hopefully do it with an open mind and fairness for all people.

If you are one who cannot read something without getting severely upset, filled with rage, hatred and bias, then I will ask of you not to go beyond this point. For whether you like it or not what is written here is true and nothing you do or say is gonna change that.
This is not written to point fingers accusing anyone of being in the wrong or the right, but when tempers flare people do and say things which some will later regret.

There is need for a comprehensive re-examination
of the ways in which we look at the now- FRAGMENTED FAMILY SITUATIONS IN SOCIETY- and all the domestic tribulations- youths and adolescent suicides and murders, as well as the- SYSTEM WHICH DESIGNS AND SHAPES WELFARE-AND YES- THE FAMILY COURT SYSTEM OF OUTDATED LAWS AND INEQUITABLE PRONOUNCEMENTS.
There is an exponential rise of poverty in many areas of this country.
Many children are now living in areas where the poverty has caused untold sufferings.
There is also a growing number of men who now find themselves in poverty, homelessness, ill health, incarcerated, and rejected.

Women who have been successful in securing help by whatever means, and who are the mothers of children whom they have fled with to far away places out of the reach of their fathers must share the blame for what actions the children will manifest upon knowing the truth behind it all.

To say that some women are not a cause in the resulting behaviors of the children taken away from their fathers is just to put it mildly without veracity.
With the present conditions of enforcing child support obligations upon those unable to find work- mostly men- and the denial of the means with which they must seek work- the system has failed to make it fair and equitable for the fathers of kidnapped children to get the chance to know and bond.

WHAT WE HAVE NOW PRODUCED IS A SET OF CHILDREN WHO ARE ANGRY FOR WHAT THEY HAVE LEARNED FROM THE HATRED SHED ON THEM ABOUT THE FATHERS THEY DO NOT EVEN KNOW.

THE TRUTH IS THIS: THERE ARE WOMEN WHO INCULCATE THEIR SONS/ DAUGHTERS TO HATE THEIR FATHERS. THIS MAY/MAY NOT BE OUT OF FRUSTRATIONS EXPERIENCED BY THEIR MOTHERS.
I MUST ALSO SAY THAT THERE ARE MEN WHO DO THE SAME TO THEIR CHILDREN.
THIS TRUTH WORKS WELL WITH THOSE WHO HAVE THE FULL CUSTODY. THE NON-CUSTODIAL PARENT HAS AN INSURMOUNTABLE HILL TO CLIMB.

MOTHERS WHO FLEE FROM STATE TO STATE WHILE HAVING THE BENEFIT OF CUSTODY, CAUSING THE DENIAL OF THE FATHERS ACCESS TO THE CHILDREN BECAUSE OF THESE SEPARATIONAL HARDSHIPS, AND THE BENEFIT OF ENFORCEABLE CHILD SUPPORTS, JUST ABOUT ANY WHERE THEY MAY CHOOSE TO HIDE AND RECEIVE THE PROCEEDS, SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE- BY THE CHILDREN AND THE FAMILY COURTS.
Teenage and adolescent suicides are on the rise, and from what I have listened and learned from the youths, has given me the reasons to write this article.
I am led to take a look at the way my parents raised my siblings and I in the abject poverty that we knew so well. Yet my parents never fragmented, never had helped from social services for there was none, no welfare support, never stole from anyone, never took sides with the other parent or against the other parent in disputes, shared with the children all the ups and downs of life which came our way constantly as more downs than ups. YET WE ENDURED AND PULLED THROUGH IT ALL.
Yet today in the richest country on the planet, I see so many youths telling me what they want to do to themselves and those who have caused them hate, and who keeps lying to them about the “deaths” of their fathers when asked.
Contrary to what most people will say, the sons who seek the truth as to why they see their mothers with other men while they are being told that their fathers are- just out of the picture- they harbor a silent resentment and wait for the day and time when they can act out their pent up emotions as to wanting to know the truth.

Have you ever heard and watched a young man tell the paramour of his mother or his so-called “step dad”- that ” you cannot tell me anything for you are not my father.”
Have you ever wondered what is behind the deaths of so many children by men who are with their mothers and are not their real dads?
Are you aware how many women use the child support of their children to support the illicit activities of other men?

THE CHILD DOES INHERIT THE CONDITIONS OF THE MOTHER. FOR THOSE MOTHERS WHO FEEL THAT IT IS OK TO DENY THE FATHER SOME SEMBLANCE OF A CHANCE TO GET TO KNOW HIS CHILD, THEN THEY ARE CONTRIBUTING TO THE DELIQUENCY AND WHATEVER COMES FROM CONSEQUENCES TO FOLLOW. Peace!

REGGAE’S ROLE IN ENDING RACISM IN AMERICA AND CLASSISM IN JAMAICA. I KNOW IT CAN BE DONE.

Excerpt from the book- R.A.S.P.E.C.T-1, (c) Ras Cardo speaks.

Written without prejudice:

I know that my created -TRENCH TOWN REGGAE- will one day change the face of Racism in America, and the face of classism and prejudice in Jamaica.

The fight against racism in America and Classism in Jamaica has been an ongoing one.

I must remind all those who think and are being misled by others in the music industry to think that Reggae is about music- that they are far from the truth.

The music industry profiteers would like to have people believe that reggae is all about music because the music is from what they make their cut throat dollars.
I am here to tell the world that this is not so. REGGAE IS THE SPIRITUAL WORDS AND MESSAGES OF THE PEOPLE PUT TO MUSIC AS THE VEHICLE FOR ITS CARRIAGE. IT TELLS THE TRUTHS OF THE SUFFERINGS AND STRUGGLES OF THE PEOPLE.

THE REGGAE AS I NAMED AND HELPED TO CREATE IT, IS ABOUT THE HUMAN CONDITIONS. I DO NOT HAVE TIME AND SPACE TO ELABORATE ON THIS HERE. THOSE WHO HAVE FOLLOWED MY WRITINGS OVER THE YEARS SHOULD KNOW THIS BY NOW.

In the struggles of the people , especially the poor and the oppressed, reggae shares an intimate relationship. It came out of the poverty that we lived in the trench town squalor for years past, and which continues today unabated in Jamaica.
Reggae speaks the truths which so many who oppressed others do not want to hear or see revealed.

In America- RACISM IS TOO DEEP FOR UNDER THE RUG TO SWEEP.

The 1960’s in America and also in Jamaica was a most volatile time.
For all the innocent blood of the youths who were slain- today, things still remains the same.

For all the life loss blood that was shed, today our youths still end up dead.

I must remember- TRAYVON MARTIN, MICHAEL BROWN, ALL THE YOUTHS KILLED ON THE CHICAGO SOUTHSIDE, THE YOUTH KILLED BY THE BORDER PATROL,THE LANDAU CASE- YOUTHS DYING ALL OVER THE PLACE.
So, I must ask America- Why have you allowed the curse to linger for so long. It is time for all of us to unite in the singing of- one love- song!

Now- I see in America a trench town that seems to follow me all over the place.
Same things going down, a lot of people being killed and profiled because of their race.
We tend to forget that no one had a choice of being born white or black, biology had it that way, its just a natural fact.

I WILL CONTINUE TO GIVE MY REGGAE EDUCATION FOR A HEALING OF THE NATION.

So I Ras cardo must hope and pray- with reggae- that we may sooon see that day when the scourge of racism and hate in America and the world will fade away. Peace and love to America, Jamaica, and all peoples of- LOVE FOR OTHERS. REGGAE IS LOVE FOR ALL PEOPLES. (c) Ras cardo speaks. All rights reserved globally.