In this post I’m going to attract the attention of nobody while I discuss Nelson Mandela. The same man who was portrayed as a silent peace-loving, wrongly persecuted leader by Morgan Freeman, and the same man Google has decided to honor today. But first, the anthem of the MK, the military wing of the Marxist African National Congress.
“‘Go safely Umkhonto. Umkhonto we Sizwe. We the members of the Umkhonto have pledged ourselves to kill them — kill the whites.”
The MK was established and commanded by Nelson Mandela to use tactics of terrorism to end Apartheid. Ending Apartheid? Great! Using public bombings such that you kill more men, women, and children than the 7,000 reportedly killed by the actual regime? Bad, very bad.
But it’s not the execution that matters, Onion, its the motivation! Ok, what was Mandela’s motivation? Is it really so true that he fought tooth or nail for human rights? Or did he just exploit the unjust system of Apartheid to prop up Communist rule?
Lets let the man defend himself. Let’s hear about the men and governments he idolized: Fidel Castro’s rule over Cuba, and the totalitarian regimes of North Korea and Iran.
So why is a man who advocated the use of ‘necklacing’ (burning a tire around a victim’s neck) and worked alongside soviet-trained terrorists so popular in the West? Simple: ignorance and embarrassment. Ignorance because most people don’t know or will ignore the facts I’ve written here. Embarrassment because Western countries believe idolizing the man absolve them of any racism they may have been accused of. By painting the man as an equality touting peace-loving man, many all around the world can consider their penance done just by honoring him a few days of the year.