you got some ‘splainin to do, billy.
As Vijay Prashad points out, many of the world’s leaders that are apparently mourning the death of Nelson Mandela were the “same people opposed [to] freedom in South Africa to the very end.”
Although Ronald Reagan has passed away himself, one can imagine he might salute Mandela today. But as president, Reagan worked against Mandela, so much so that he vetoed the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act in 1986. Believing that he knew what was best for black people living under apartheid in South Africa, Reagan opposed sanctions and wanted to maintain friendly relations with the white supremacist government.
South Africa’s Desmond Tutu disagreed. Watch this 1986 news report about Tutu’s visit to the White House, in which Tutu explains the way that Reagan failed black South Africans.
I wonder how many Nelson Mandela biopics that will skirt, if not entirely avoid, his more in depth opposition of imperialism, his anti Iraq War stance, his placement on the United States’s terrorism watch list, and his support for the Palestinian state just got the green light. The inevitable encroachment of capitalistic opportunism has, without a doubt, already began.
This. It’s astonishing just how quickly Mandela is being painted as this peaceful to the point of being docile, grandfatherly figure. He wasn’t. He was a political instigator with very strong progressive views.
“Mom, you don’t have to work anymore. Relax. I can support you now. Thank you for everything that you’ve done for me.”
have been submitted. i only have one more to submit in january, but for now i can rest. thank you to everyone who has been so supportive through this whole process. i really needed folks to help me not listen to all that negative self talk i tend to do. even if i don’t get in this round, i’m glad i applied.