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Garveyism the best example of hypocrisy

Published:Thursday | September 1, 2016 | 9:11 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I have a very interesting dictionary at home. Recently, while I was searching for the meaning of the word 'hypocrisy', an example that it listed was Garveyism. Do you know why? Because of the U-turn that the movement took in its quest to get the charges of fraud disassociated with Marcus Garvey's name.

The Garvey movement has now decided that it no longer wants Garvey to be exonerated for the fraud charges for which he was convicted in the United States. It now wants a pardon. For those who don't understand the difference between a pardon and an exoneration, let me spell it out for you. An exoneration seeks a clean slate, while maintaining innocence, while a pardon seeks a clean slate, with the acceptance of guilt.

 

BEG FOR FORGIVENESS

 

Now, members of the Garvey movement have always been telling us that those fraud charges that were pinned on the man were an attempt to frame him and make him look bad, among other things. With this new policy, apparently, the Garvey movement is now saying that the man was in fact guilty. This speaks volumes to the true nature of the Garvey movement - hypocrisy.

Marcus Garvey is much revered by many black people around the world. However, the leaders of the movement obviously don't think that this is good enough. After all what's the adoration of 'worthless' blacks, without the adoration of 'superior' whites, too? Nothing! As such, crawling on all fours, the leaders of the Garvey movement have decided that in order for the man to get the 'proper' honour that they think he deserves, they must beg for forgiveness, ironically from the same supposedly oppressive system that they like to hate and curse much.

If they succeed, I really hope that Garvey will immediately be dropped as a national hero. After all, it wouldn't be too good to look up to a convicted and then forgiven fraudster who started a movement of double-talkers!

I always hear these same Garveyites telling the rest of us that if you stand for nothing, you will fall for anything! They sure know how to put the falling part into practice, don't they? Hypocrites!

Michael A. Dingwall