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Raining on the Nelson Mandela Parade

You're not supposed to speak ill of the dead, so I figured I'd get a head start.

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Kathy Shaidle

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July 12, 2013 - 1:00 pm
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Nelson Mandela at the Communist Party’s first public meeting in post-apartheid South Africa, 1990. (Greg Marinovich/Africa Media Online)

One of the landmark events of my Gen X youth was the 11-hour, internationally televised “Free Nelson Mandela” concert in 1988.

Because, come on: how could you not be anti-apartheid?

It was a no-brainer, risk-free cause, the type you could support without having to think about it too much or inviting unpopularity or controversy, right?

Actually, no.

Lots of big-name musicians who now boast of being on that concert roster were hesitant to sign on the dotted line unless other bands came on board first.

In fact, most of the backstage machinations and politicking are unedifying tales of cowardice and egomania.

During that concert and the massive publicity surrounding it, Nelson Mandela was presented to millions of young people around the world as a wrongly imprisoned, peace-loving freedom fighter, detained for decades by the evil, crazy, stupid white South Africans, who kept the rest of the country’s majority black population enslaved to various degrees, too.

(Speaking of enslavement, did you know that the term “concentration camp” originated, not in Nazi Germany, but in South Africa, to describe the disease-ridden camps in which South Africans were held by the British during the Second Boer War [1899-1902]?)

Idealistic kids eagerly embraced Mandela as the Gandhi they never had, a Martin Luther King of their very own.

Of course, the real Nelson Mandela was, like those two men, flawed. Arguably more so.

At least Gandhi and King had preached and practiced non-violence.

During my youth, Mandela’s criminal past was, if you’ll pardon the expression, whitewashed.

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Nelson Mandella is a communist and murderer along with his then wife Winnie.
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The Apartheid program sprang from post Independence South Africa trying to undue the after effects of the above mentioned Second Boer War. One of the primary causes of the war came from the discoveries of both gold and diamonds in in the Boer Republics. On the one hand the British wanted this new found wealth. The Boers had little to no interest in exploiting it themselves so let the Brits have at it. The real friction came with the British wanting to import large numbers of laborers to work the digs. What most modern westerners don't know was at that time the population of Southern Africa was almost all European. British and Dutch (Boer) . The black migrations from Central Africa had just recently started to come that far south. Anyways the Brits won and threw open the borders to black labor from the north. Much like some want to do with the southern border here in the US. In just a couple of decades SA went from a roughly 90%+ white European population to a majority Black nation. With virtually all of the black pop, themselves, their Parents or their Grand Parents, being what we would call illegal immigrants. A study in Immigration Reform.
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Yeah, Mandela is scum, and should never have been released. He's definitely no Martin Luther King, even with MLK's flaws. He's also a communist (which you actually noted with the cover header for the article), and I strongly suspect the USSR orchestrated the Free Mandela movement. Mandela was even worse for the RSA than Apartheid ever was.
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I've known or met several S.A folks who were anti-apartheid (one once arrested for protesting it) who readily call NM a terrorist. They all have also left the nation of their birth because it is such a massive mess. One of these was a black person who had a relative who was killed in one of the attacks (a grocery store bombing iirc) and was replying to a salesman who voiced support for the freeing on him. This of course was even before the Free Nelson concert. The reply was "I hope the terrorist dies in his cell of old age, or one of his victims kills him soon after he is released". Yeah, some shocked looks from those standing near by.

If it weren't for the gold and diamonds, S.A. would be another Zim-Bob's-Way
39 weeks ago
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Zeprin is extremely misinformed. South Africa was never 90% white.

When the Dutch established the Cape Colony 1652, there were no Bantus (negroes) in South Africa. However, there were several hundred thousand Khoisan. the racial group of the Kalahari Bushmen, and distinct from Bantus in several ways. (Physical anthropologists consider the "Capoid" Khoisan the oldest human sub-type, and "Negroid" the newest.) Both are "black", but Khoisan are lighter-skinned, and have tight-curled rather than kinky hair.

Unlike American Indians, they were not vulnerable to Old World diseases, and their numbers did not crash. Their numbers were not much changed by 1800, while the white colony at the Cape numbered about 40,000.

Bantu migrants spread across the Limpopo river into South Africa starting around 1750. By 1800 there were substantial Bantu settlements all the way to Natal on the southeastern coast. That's where the Zulu kingdom under Chaka was formed in the early 1800s.

However, the entire region was still thinly populated, with plenty of room for settlement by the "Voortrekkers". (Dutch-speaking who moved out from the Cape after it was taken by Britain in 1806,) They clashed with the Zulus, and defeated them at Blood River in 1838. Also with the Ndbele, whom they drove north across the Limpopo.

The Voortrekkers established the "Boer Republics" of Transvaal and Orange Free State. In these states, whites owned most of the land, and Bantus either lived on the remaining land or worked as farmhands for Boer landowners. Non-whites could not vote, hold office, or own firearms.

Back to demographics. The whole of South Africa had about 3M people in 1890, with the Witwatersrand Gold Rush in progress. By 1911, there were 6M, of which 1.2M were white. If there was no white population growth in those 20 years (and we know that immense numbrs of "Uitlanders" poured in during the gold rush) then South Africa was overwhelmingly non-white before any British meddling.

And the mines didn't need _millions_ of laborers.

As to the merits of the apartheid regime; read what that notorious left-wing shill Robert Heinlein had to say, after his visit in 1953 (in his travel book _Tramp Royale_, published in 1992).

Another point: opposing apartheid was a major Left cause since the 1950s. Communists beat that drum as much as possible (nothing like being against someone else's evil to disguise your own). As Heinlein noted, Communists were very good at hijacking legitimate grievances.

As to Mandela: he's no saint. But he deserves kudos for what he accomplished after coming out of prison: presiding over a peaceful transition of power and making it possible for whites and non-whites to live together in South Africa in peace. Compare to the partition of India for what could have happened. Or read Heinlein: "Oh no! I cut throat of missy lady next door; _her_ boy cut _your_ throat." Evil begets evil, and Mandela did a lot to prevent reprisals - despite his own grievances against white South Africa.

Yes, there are huge problens in South Africa, and serious dangers for the whites, and those problems and dangers emanate from the non-white majority.

But, ya know, the Khoisan and Bantu were there before the whites, they didn't invite the whites to move in, and they didn't ask to be treated as just short of slave labor for 150 years. White South Africans are in a bad place - but their ancestors built it, not Mandela. He kept it from crashing down on them.
40 weeks ago
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Raining? How about we pee on his parade instead.
40 weeks ago
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Get your licks in before the Old radical kicks the bucket. Good thinking.
Has anybody heard any stories about the white murder rate in South Africa the last few years.
The media seems to ignore it but blacks are and have been for quite some time killing whites like flies.
For that reason, Mandela deserves no respect, dead or alive.
40 weeks ago
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I remember BJ Clinton telling some moron journalist that the one person he would most like to sit down with for a chat would be Mandela. Maybe he never got the memo on that cold-blooded terrorist thing?
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Considering he openly advocated the destruction of America while at Oxford, I doubt he'd even care if he did get the memo.
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Here, let me fix that for you:

"Considering he openly advocated the destruction of America while at Oxford, I'm sure he got the memo and cheered for Mandela."

Anybody who thinks the Clintons are "centrists" should call me about a bridge I need to sell.

40 weeks ago
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Nelson Mandella is a communist and murderer along with his then wife Winnie.
40 weeks ago
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We can't forget Mandela's victory tour in 1989.
First stop - Qadaffi, the on to Fidel.
I wanted to write this article last week, and will celebrate his death, and remind PC Libs how bad he was and destroyed a great country.
40 weeks ago
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I lived in South Africa from 2002-2006 (Pretoria). Most of the white South Africans I knew simply knew they had no choice but to live with the revisionist history as it was often presented in almost all ways, (not just Mandela's legacy).

Apartheid was wrong in nearly all ways, but the fate of SA since has been just as bad in many ways also (google the word "plasmoorde" for a taste of modern SA).
40 weeks ago
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Dear heavens, where to begin...here, there and everywhere...and sometimes it IS appropriate to speak ill of the dead (think:Arafat, Hitler, Stalin, Mao and the list goes on....) - http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/08/19/comrades-in-arms-always-have-each-others-backs-whether-black-white-or-islamic-supremacists-the-redgreen-alliances-common-denominator-seriousness-of-issue-necessitates-its-length-commenta/

In two words, good riddance!

Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/
40 weeks ago
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Thanks, Kathy, for telling it like it is. Once again, the Nazi dictum of "if you tell a big lie often enough, and loudly enough, most people will believe it" proves all too true.

Here's one case where the truth most definitely will not set you free.
40 weeks ago
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Yes, which is why we must push even further to ensure the actual truth comes out. People actually believe that Mandela isn't undegoing ethnic cleansings, even though a lot of Whites are being butchered as we speak. The Human Rights division even mentioned that RSA is getting close to genocide.

For that matter, we also must push to fully expose the French Revolution for what it actually was: Proto-Marxism, and also eliminate ALL Atheism, if we are to ensure our Christian, Jewish, and even Muslim breathren.
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