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Ziggy Marley Explains Why He Said He Is Not Black

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Bob Marley’s eldest son Ziggy Marley explains why he famously said he is not black.

Ziggy Marley recently wrote on Facebook that he is not black and received some backlash for it. I should also note that he also said he is not white either. According to the reggae legend, some fans just misunderstood what he said and the broader messaging that he was conveying. If he is not black or white, then what is he?
A source close to the singer said that Ziggy Marley sees himself as a black man of African ancestry, but also sees himself as a human being. “We are all humans whether you’re black, white, brown, or purple, and that is just what he is saying ‘I am human,'” sources told us.
When Ziggy Marley made the statement, he was promoting his self-titled album which was released in 2016. The project is centered around the theme of who we are as a human being with singles like “We Are The People,” “I’m Not Made Of Stone,” and “Better Together” where Ziggy sings about love and unity among the human race.


In 2015, Ziggy Marley shared this poem.


I’m not a Buddhist, I’m not a Christian, I’m not a Muslim,
I’m not a jew.
I’m not a what, I am a who.
I’m not black, I’m not white, I’m not yellow, I’m not blue.
I’m not a what, I am a who.
I’m not a communist, I’m not a capitalist, I’m not a socialist
I’ve got a view.
But I’m not a what, I am a who.
A being free minded, labels just won’t do
my life isn’t predetermined, I evolved as I grew
so when we meet don’t ask me what I am but ask me who,
and I’ll tell a deep tale of a person just like you.
I am not a what, I am a who. Who Are You?

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Comment by El-Bull on September 20, 2018 at 9:42pm

Mark jackson tell that to the cops, racists, justice system, government etc and see where it gets you

Comment by Mark jackson on September 20, 2018 at 6:16pm
  • He is right,what different does it make,black white, purple, he is a human being. 
Comment by trevor mullings on September 20, 2018 at 10:30am

A lot of rich black people, mostly the famous ones,on many occasions claim they are not Black. But when they get into trouble with the law or the Government,suddenly they are Black again and that's only because they want the support of the Black community.These people are nothing but a bunch of hypocrites!

Comment by mr1stroke on September 20, 2018 at 1:24am
Before any one judge this man look at his career all his life is about educating the weak mind, he is a port a visionary he is trying to paint a picture because many are stuck on what the white man tell them to say and believe they won't even see the point, when he did the song "black my story" how many of you live that life, how many breathe being black that much, many may want to crisis him but live their lives in the white men shadow, wonder why fake hair cannot leave the community, and killing each other becomes a lifestyle, now I don undestand the niggers will never understand where he is coming from
Comment by El-Bull on September 19, 2018 at 10:54pm

hasina zuberi are you loony? This is about being black and being proud of being Black which obviously you are not proud of as I'm sure you more than likely say you are mixed with everything under the sun to deny your blackness-----BLACK IS NOT A STEROTYPE.....

Comment by Contonila Goodman on September 19, 2018 at 10:39pm

Who am I ? I am definitley not a Who(re) just possibly "confused" !

Comment by hasina zuberi on September 19, 2018 at 4:01pm

DAMN RIGHT. WHY ARE WE TRYING TO FIT A STEREOTYPE SET UP TO SET US UP?

Comment by mr1stroke on September 19, 2018 at 12:22am
The more black investors the better for us imagine walking to a share holder meeting half the room looking like you and it's people who wants to love and hug you because of the live of success instead of shooting or fighting you, when I go to an event in black enterprise it feels like heaven, so many successful black men and women. But it's hard to know because they don't live in the hood those are people who sick and tired of the nonsense move out and start the life they always wanted
Comment by El-Bull on September 18, 2018 at 11:35pm

mr1stroke done---the more investors the quicker the growth

Comment by mr1stroke on September 18, 2018 at 11:26pm
Yes please post the information where there are people with wealth minded I posted it last year at black eneterprise and many are on it

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