Monday, December 9, 2013
Mandela and my newer viewpoint
Mandela obviously loved his people (or why would he spend almost 30 years in prison?!), particularly loved children (the first person he touched upon exiting prison was a white woman's baby when he asked if he could hold her child), was a very sweet man, and had some humility, according to a few men who knew him well and who were interviewed by Charlie Rose.
And, of course, Mandela chose S Africa's last white president during Apartheid, de Klerk, as one of his Deputy Presidents, which was an admirable thing. Here's the rub; the leftwing media's been treating Mandela like God because he picked deKlerk, as if de Klerk, because he was white, hated blacks and wanted Apartheid to stay as it was, when he was one of the hardest workers against Apartheid.
Do you see what the media's doing? Why wouldn't Mandela pick a white man who understood the importance of the end of Apartheid? Also, Mandela insisted that his African National Congress be multiracial; I believe that says a lot.
So, I've softened on the subject of Mandela, though I do believe South Africa would still be a great place had the whites (who'd lived there for years and made it a great country), not had to leave once they knew what was coming (and they did, some thirty years ago, in scared and disillusioned droves), and had the black Africans been told to stop robbing, raping, etc., and start working. I knew a couple of white families (one is related) myself who knew exactly how bad it would be when Apartheid ended. Not 'bad' that blacks would have freedom! but these whites had enough experience to realize what the more dangerous of those blacks would do with their newfound freedom. My in-law relatives left thirty years ago for fear for their four young daughters and made a huge success here in Los Angeles. Yes, families left with their money, knowing how bad it would get and it did. This is also a story. Nobody's covering that. Sad.
I have somewhat changed my opinion of Mandela.. To understand his "Communism" you're all mentioning on the post below's comments, please read the link HERE, an excellent piece on Mandela and Communism. I believe it's true. Probably a little on the soft side, but true.
Some of you will be irate when you read this...I've called Mandela a Communist for years, too. But please comment after reading the article I linked. I think this is a worthwhile discussion. I hope you do, too.
Posted by Z at 10:47 AM