A few years ago, Ziggy Marley made a very controversial statement saying that he is not black. The statement raised many eyebrows as people would look at the brown-skinned, tightly curled hair reggae singer and questioned what he really meant.

Ziggy’s explanation for his choice of words are way more simple than most would assume, Ziggy identifies himself as a human being, nothing more, nothing less. Bob Marley’s eldest son sees himself as a black man of African ancestry, but chooses to be identified as a human being, a source expressed. “We are all humans whether you’re black, white, brown, or purple, and that is just what he is saying ‘I am human.” Ziggy made the controversial statements while he was promoting his self-titled album, which was released in 2016. The project is centered around the themes of love and unity among the human race.

Ziggy Marley shared the following poem back in 2015.

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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