Some Social Media Users Claim Mandela Was 'Terrorist, Racist'
CNN has investigated the backlash following the death of late former South African President Nelson Mandela.
“Communist”, “terrorist” and “racist” appear to be among the most frequent insults hurled at the prominent civil rights icon, according to the article.
CNN has taken a look at each of these three allegations, putting them in context and debunking them.
The article can be read HERE.
Following years of serious illness, South Africa's first black president passed away in the company of his family, at the age of 95.
Mandela will be buried in his ancestral hometown of Qunu on December 15.
When I emigrated to Rhodesia I was racist. As time went on I became less racist, more compassionate eventually the flame of racism flickered and died.
Yes Mandela was a Terr when he went to jail but incarceration is sopposedly designed to make folk better citizens than when they went in, in Mandela's case he was a better person. He no longer hated the whites....
PP I disagree that the Springboks would have run RSA into the ground. It was far too important to the west. That is why sanctions were never imposed. It was only sanctions, especially the oil embargo after the fall of mozambique and ultimately the great betrayal of RSA with drawing support that caused the death of Rhodesia. Left to their own devices, with a black moderate such as Bishop Muzorewa at the helm Zimbabwe Rhodesia would have remained a shining beacon on the African continent.
Seedy, your quite right about Zimbabwe and Mugabe needs to be pulled down. Unfortunately sometimes dictators rule until they die, seems to me that Mugabe has a charmed life. Do not write SA off though, most nations are born on spilt blood, if you are Bulgarian you will know this. The change that SA has undergone in such a short space of time is quite breathtaking, under apartheid the ruling whates would also have run the nation to the ground in their own way and spilt as much blood in the process. Corruption is the easiest vice to fall foul of and the hardest to get rid of, again, if you are Bulgarian you will know this.
Apartheid was a pretty stupid ideology anyway, although perhaps understandable if you're a Boer surrounded by unfriendly and restless natives, especially when your country is the most advanced and wealthy in the continent. Luckily, the "real" owners have now taken control and are busily running it into the ground, while bolstering the Swiss banking sector, so that the neighbours don't need to be jealous but PP clearly has a golden future awaiting him in Stand-up if he can keep a straight face while describing present-day SA as "quite unruly in places"!
Personally, I found it hilarious when Rhodesia was rechristened Zimbabwe - nothing like telling people that their "new" country is now named after an abandoned ruin in the jungle..... ;)
That's it guys, kick a man when he's down & out. Don't know how old you are but I remember vividly the events around his imprisonment. Even had a South African friend (white) who was so pro apartheid you wouldn't believe it but, after 5 years in the UK he saw the light. Trouble was, when he returned to SA he wasn't there long before he had to leave or get jailed just for speaking out.
Of course, under the old South African regime of apartheid, he was a terrorist and he was racist but that was under apartheid. Those that supported that regime, and those that still mourn its passing, will always believe that. Those that took the more socially enlightened view that apartheid was morally wrong will disagree. We are now in a different world to the 1960's and, when released, Mandela was a different person to the one who was imprisoned. Like most of us age had matured him and, with the passion (and violence) of youth behind him, his flame of social justice burned more steadfastly, it encompassed everyone, whites included. He did not, as Queen Elizabeth has said, govern a land of peace, there was, and still is, much more to do and the land is still quite unruly in places, but he was a leading light, a shining example to those to come on what statesmanship is all about.