National Geographic : 2011 Dec
• e Bible has been an instrument of oppres- sion---or "downpression," as they say in Jamaica, because what is there "up" about oppression?--- but it has also been the source of much of what the Rastafarian movement believes. " e man Christ," Lorne says, "that level of humility, that level of conquering without a sword, that level of staying among the poor, always advocating on behalf of the prisoners, the downpressed, setting the captive free, living for these people. What is the use of living if you are not helping your brother? It is a book that gives you hope." Lorne exudes a wonderful, tough-minded goodness. "We hope for a world where color does not play the dominant role it plays now," he says. "We want the lion and the lamb to lie down Rasta man reject that totally." (Jesus in the sky being Rasta shorthand for the whole story of the Resurrection.) " e man say, 'When you see I, you see God.' ere is no God in the sky. Man is God, Africa is the Promised Land." Michael "Miguel" Lorne is a Rastafarian law- yer who for 30 years has been working for "the poor and the needy" in the toughest parts of Kingston. e walls of his o ce are lled with images of Africa and the Ethiopian emperor. But the windows are barred, the door onto the street triple locked and reinforced with steel. " e Bible was used extensively to subjugate slaves," Lorne says. It seemed to legitimate the white enslaving of the black. "Your legacy is in heaven," he says, not smiling. "You must accept this as your lot."