Creative Commons License

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.  If you broadcast our audio commentaries please consider a recurring donation to Black Agenda Report.

Freedom Rider: Talking About Mandela

  • Sharebar
    Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly version

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    Nelson Mandela belongs to history now. We should be able to look at his whole life, his whole record in perspective. That perspective ought to include who is praising Nelson Mandela nowadays and why.

    Freedom Rider: Talking About Mandela

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    Nelson Mandela’s passing provides an important and rare opportunity for discussion of some very serious issues. We should not fear principled critique of people we admire but instead we have been treated to maudlin self-indulgence, useless idol worship and wrongheaded defense of Mandela’s memory.

    Everyone looms large in death, and it is especially difficult to be truthful when a person of Mandela’s stature passes away. South Africa’s apartheid system was an international pariah, reviled by most of humanity and Mandela was the icon who it was hoped would bring it down forever.

    Black Americans saw themselves in images of Sharpeville and Soweto. Mandela stood in for our assassinated leaders, political prisoners and victims of COINTELPRO. The South African struggle became our struggle and our chance to achieve what we were denied here at home. Of course Mandela’s release from 27 years of imprisonment brought near universal joy but it should have also raised more questions.

    Mandela was one of the signatories of the Freedom Charter, which among other things demanded the nationalization of South Africa’s resources and reparations for the theft of African land by the Europeans. He was a member of the South African communist party, as were other leaders of the African National Congress. We should have known that the South African government wasn’t letting him go free without exacting a huge price. It is difficult to look the gift horse in the mouth, but the silence created a vacuum which made it easier for the rule of international capitalists to stay in place, even as they appeared to give up political control.

    Mandela’s early history is something to honor and remember but now his memory comes wrapped in the poison pill of acceptance by the corporate media and disreputable democratic and republican politicians. Now when right wingers condemn Mandela as a communist, his admirers cringe and deny what is true. Instead of examining what a communist is and why the party was supported by the movement, we see black people instead take the position of our enemies and use the word as a slur. We must remember that scorn from certain quarters is a badge of honor.

    Contrast the reaction to Mandela’s death with that of the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez. While Chavez was equally beloved around the world, the American government gave no glowing tributes and sent no high level delegation. Chavez was every bit as deserving of praise and honor but unlike Mandela he succeeded in standing up to empire. He personally protested against George W. Bush and even called him the devil at the United Nations. Hugo Chavez prevailed when American presidents wanted him out of office. He won re-election and shamed this country when he donated Venezuelan oil to help poor Americans stay warm in the winter. Of course Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton were absent from his funeral.

    Nelson Mandela had difficult choices to make. He chose to accept an IMF loan with strings attached that kept millions in poverty. He and his successors turned their backs on the Freedom Charter. No one can know his intentions but the results of those decisions were disastrous for the masses of black people in South Africa.

    Mandela’s release from prison should have been seen as a new stage in the struggle and not the end of it. Those of us who came of age during the anti-apartheid movement and who truly loved the man have to admit the short comings of love when liberation is at stake.

    There are many lessons to be learned during this time of mourning. Our emotions play an important role in inspiring us to take action against injustice but they can also betray us when we lack an understanding of what liberation really is.

    Liberation may or may not come with a presidential inauguration. It certainly hasn’t come if the usual suspects in the corporate media, Pennsylvania Avenue and Downing Street suddenly give words of praise. The success of certain individuals is not liberation either. There are now black millionaires in South Africa but that does little good to the impoverished masses.

    Liberated people don’t live in squalor. They earn more than a living wage. They need not fear loss of job or life if they protest their salaries or working conditions. They have free health care and education. They don’t fear incarceration and they don’t live in stratified societies. They live in safety and the law treats them all as equals to one another. They can protest and oppose the power structure without fear of repercussion. South Africa doesn’t fit these criteria, neither does the United States, and we who love freedom and justice shouldn’t spare anyone when we express these simple and obvious truths.

    Margaret Kimberley's Freedom Rider column appears weekly in BAR, and is widely reprinted elsewhere. She maintains a frequently updated blog as well as at Ms. Kimberley lives in New York City, and can be reached via e-Mail at Margaret.Kimberley(at)

    Share this

    -- [...]???????????? -

    [...]???????????? - ????????? ?????? ????????? ????????? ???????????????.[...]
    ### 칭찬합시다 - 사용안함 - 박종범 영산 회장님 많은 후원 감사드립니다!
    ...etcetera. - Catalog al afacerilor
    ::대학원 연구실 소개:: - 김윤희교수의 ë””ì§€í„¸í†µì‹ ì—°êµ¬ì‹¤ 소개
    [***] [***]
    [I Agree, Let Me Go!]
    11/3/2014 4:38
    12 Things You’re Doing Wrong on OKCupid
    2012년도 수치계산 게시판 - 수치컴퓨팅 및 응용 ìˆ™ì œ2 openGL포함 소스코드
    2013_winter mechmath - [중요] 이준상 교수님 홈페이지에서 서식 다운받으십시오.
    a podcast about sex
    ‘Pippi Longstocking’ Studio On Tami Erin Adult Picture
    adult performer Siri and International Mr. Leather follow-up
    Apsilankyti vartotojo tinklapyje
    Author\'s Website
    Bekijk de homepage
    Bekijk Webpagina
    Besøg brugerens webside
    Besøg Web siden
    Besøk innleggers hjemmeside
    Besøk Medlemmets Nettside
    Besök användarens hemsida
    Buy Real Cheap Facebook Likes
    Buy Vine Likes One Can Hire Providers To Get Help In Buying Facebook Likes
    chicago sex podcast
    chicago sex podcast -
    chicago sex podcast (not verified)
    chicago sex podcast’s avatar
    Chicago Sex Positive Podcast
    child porn
    child porn\'s Gravatar
    Clemmies Homepage besuchen
    Click here to visit this page
    Close this Frame.
    comedian and attending sex addict classes
    Content URL
    Сайт автора
    Посетить сайт автора
    Посетить Web Page автора
    Посетете сайта на потребителя
    괌여행팁 - 9ì›”10일부터 웨스틴 ìžìœ ì—¬í–‰ 상품을 이용시 ë¬´ë™ë ¥ í•´ì–‘ìŠ¤í¬ì¸ ê°€ 무료로...
    êµì œ > 사진첩 - 2014ë…„ 4ì›” 야외예배2 - 동명초등학교
    êµíšŒì¼ì • - 2013ë…„ 05ì›” 교회 주요행사 안내
    Ecampus -
    Eric Barry Chicago
    Eric Barry Chicago sex
    Eric Barry Chicago sex offender
    eric barry is gay
    Facebook\'s Black Market Problem Revealed - (4个脚印) (not verified) guy porn guy porn - guy porn (не проверено) guy porn (not verified) Says : sucks trackbacked on October 26, 2014, 11:41 am
    free porn
    free pussy
    free sex
    free xxx porn
    free xxx porn -
    free xxx porn(free xxx porn)
    Fugazi Full Disclosure Lyrics
    Full Disclosure
    Full Disclosure podcast
    Full Disclosure Podcast with Eric Barry
    Full Disclosure website
    Full Disclosure: Chicago\'s Sex Positive Podcast - Chica[...]
    Full Disclosure: Chicago\'s Sex Positive Podcast - Chicago-based podcast dedicated to sex positive news, interviews, and comedy with comedian and writer Eric Barry.
    Full Disclosure: Chicago\'s Sex Positive Podcast - Chicago-based podcast dedicated to sex positive news, interviews, and comedy with comedian and writer Eric Barry. - Backlinks on ParaKOSTer - []
    Getting Chance To Buy Facebook Likes Cheap
    Hendericks\'s homepage
    here you go
    Holy Porn Poachers - Superman! Axel Braun Shows Sues 098 Superman XXX Thieves - 7
    Home Page
    Home Page Home Page
    Homepage besuchen
    Homepage des Autors besuchen
    How Facebook Likes Get Bought And Sold
    How To Buy Facebook Likes With Cheapest Price
    How To Find Authentic Jobs Classifieds
    성경 Q&A - 대한민국 \"최초\" 프리미엄 릴 ㄱ ㅔ임 ì „ë¬¸ 싸 ã…‡ ㅣ트 릴넷
    Επίσκεψη στην ιστοσελίδα του Συγγραφέα
    한방상식 - 반만년 역사속의 민간요법이 다 과학-ì•„ëª¨ë ˆí¼ì‹œí”½ ê¸°ìˆ ì—°êµ¬ì› 한방과학팀 박준성(36) 연구원
    IL Sexual Predator
    is not accepting his apology
    Jwinpartners\' announces - [Announcement] Jwinpartner\'s 5th Anniversary
    Käy lähettäjän sivustolla
    Lesbo Retro Adult Retrospective Tonight At IXFF Film Fest In SF
    Link Anchor
    listen to the interview
    LiveCamNetwork Nets XBiz Nomination
    Longwell guy porn
    Miss Delaware Unfairly Outed By GirlsDoPorn aka Bubblegum Casting, A Shady Modeling Agency
    moment - 131125 tvN 制作发表会
    my sex-positive podcast called Full Disclosure
    Näytä web-sivu
    Naar website
    Nano-Photonics, KAIST - Baking 완료. SEM 사용재개
    notice - ★生日献礼★ 李东海29岁生日门板 3P
    انتقل الى صفحة المرسل
    صفحة الوب
    Odwied stron autora
    Odwiedź stronę autora
    ON 독서나눔방 - \'관계의 힘\'을 읽ê³
    Open website
    Página Principal
    Pastor Choi\'s Video Message - 2014.11.23 - 함께 나누며 감사하라(Thank the Lord with sharing)
    Persönliche Website von »NZachary« besuchen
    Persönliche Website von »PTVXR« besuchen
    photo - 140530 B.A.P 2014 L.O.E in Singapore Press Conference
    Podcast for young gay boys
    podcast host
    Pokaż stronę
    Positions Available - Immigration&Recruiting company looking Administrative manager
    Postati ofertele dvs. speciale aici 2009-09-28
    Pretty Emma Watson Pictures And Videos
    Read More
    Rough Sex Videos
    sex podcas
    sex podcast
    sex podcast chicago
    Sexual Openness
    Site web Site web
    Strona WWW
    Sunday Sermon - The Naming of 12 Apostles
    Teleteria has been the leader while in the
    The comments are worth reading - members of the leather community, including people who were in attendance, some of whom were working the event and dealt with Mr. Barry personally have much to say.
    Tips To Help You Buy Proper Facebook Likes
    Vaata liikme veebilehte
    Vedi la pagina Web
    Ver Página Web
    Ver Páxina Web
    Video And chatsex Chat ChatSex Shows!
    View Original
    View Web Page
    Visa WEB-sidan
    Visit Podcast Home Page
    Visit posters website
    Visit poster\'s website
    Visit Website
    Visita il mio sito
    Visita sito
    Visitar a homepage do Usuário
    Visitar a página do Utilizador
    Visitar a página na web do utilizador
    Visitar o website do usuário
    Visitar Site
    Visitar Sitio
    Visitar sitio web del autor
    Visiter la Page Web
    Visiter le site
    Visiter le site web de l\'utilisateur
    Visiter le site web du posteur
    Viziteaza site-ul autorului
    Vizitează site-ul autorului
    Vizualizare Pagina Web
    Web Site
    Weboldal megktekintése
    Website bekijken
    Website dieses Benutzers besuchen
    Webstranu posjetiti
    When Should I Buy Facebook Likes?
    Why DoN\'t You To Use A Free Webhost
    Why Schools Are BuyingXxx Web Addresses
    Why Universities Are BuyingXxx Web Addresses
    Worldwide Adult Legislation Could Boost British Sector (Wired UK)
    www.fdpod.… favicons
    xxx porn
    young teen sluts
    your company is still a business
    Zobraziť autorové WWW stránky
    Zobraziť autorove WWW stránky
    Zobrazit autorovi WWW stránky
    Zobrazit autorovy WWW stránky

    MK, you make me so proud.

    Thank you for the history lesson and being brave enough to look at people's lives as a subject and place them in their historical and factual context. Very balanced approach you have too.



    Please, look at my original comment @akechlo - 12/14/2013 - 12:55! 



    The presence of "fake sign language interpreter" at this very unique center stage, with most leaders of countries who helped steer South Africa from apartheid to "economic apartheid" in attendance, was IRONIC INDEED!

    There has been media outcry over the presence of this so called "fake" guy. I just wish these elites can do a bit of reflection on why they do not see similarity on the steps taken to trasnform South Africa into "economic apartheid" with what is now being called "fake intrepreter" saga! The interpreter did not do any economic damage to anybody!

    Posting On Facebook

    Why is it that every time I try to post a BAR article to my Facebook page, the only thumbnail that comes up is a bombed-out building or the Three Stooges! What's up with that?

    Have to ask the geniuses at FB that one, not us...

    That's just the way they've got it rigged.  The only way I can get it to display our graphics is to upload them as "Photos" and paste in the title & author credits along with a link to the title followed by the teaser paragraph.  Go figger.

    Like other mainstream media,

    Like other mainstream media, Facebook and Google "manage" the flow of information for the empire powers (and assist in spying on you too).  Those who challenge empire propaganda will experience "technical difficulties" in posting their content.


    Very   good   article  on   an  almost   taboo   topic.  The  sad   truth  is   the   euro-american   media  made  Nelson  Mandela a  world  wide  icon.  And  as  Malcolm  X  said,  "when  white people  start   telling   you   how   great  some   black   leader   is,  its  someone   they   control."

    I  personally   believe  Mandela  was  just  a  symbolic  face  for  the  ANC,  who  was   clueless as  President  about    what  was   really    going   on.   What  is  not  in   dispute  is    that  Mandela  and   other  ANC  elites  were   rewarded   handsomely    for   maintaining   the   economic   status  quo.  Tokyo  Sexwale  and  Deputy  President  Cyril Ramaphosa  are   BILLIONAIRES.

    Taking an Honest UnVarnished Look At Mandela's Legacy

    Naomi Klein's 'Shock Doctrine: Rise of Disaster Capitalism' gives a good analysis on how Mandela & the ANC were maneuvered into abandoning the people's 'Freedom Charter' [see 'How Mandela’s Dream of Black Power Became a “Neoliberal Nightmare” ' @ ]. Then w the break-up of the USSR & Russia turning from Marxist-Leninism & toward capitalism, many 3rd World socialist movements IE: the ANC’s allies S.Africa's Communist Party & Labor Unions [COSATU]- became somewhat disoriented & misguided- ultimately allying w more 'Centrists Reformist {neo}Liberal' elements from the US & EU. 

    In order for the white power elites to fully maneuver Mandela & the ANC into their ‘trap’ 3 things had to happen- the threat of protracted violence & bloodshed had to be squarely on the table [which apparently Mandela & others understandably wanted to avoid], & also the removal from the scene of 2 key players- which at the time I for one failed to fully understand all of the implications. Thus we saw: 1} the break-up of Mandela's marriage to Winnie [who’s barely even been mentioned by the lame-stream & even alternative media as they commemorate Mandela]  & 2} the assassination of Chris Hani.

    These 2 figures were both more 'radical' & grass-roots oriented than Mandela & had enough stature & influence w the S.African masses to check any move by the ANC to abandon its commitment to the 'Freedom Charter'. Of course Winnie [once called the 'Mother of the Nation'] as Mandela's wife [18 yrs his junior] could have definitely influenced him to adhere to the principals of the Freedom Charter. Thus reactionary elements linked to the Apartheid Regime- apparently in cahoots w elements within the ANC- hyped a scenario to tarnish Winnie's rep [including allegations of adultery] & break-up her marriage to Mandela [curiously though 'accused' of accessory to murder- she never went jail].  

    Contrast that w those convicted of Hani’s murder, stating that they were acting under orders by the Apartheid regime linked 'Conservative Party'- allegations that was effectively white-washed & swept under the rug. After getting a ‘pass’ by the so-called 'Truth and Reconciliation {c}Omission', The Conservative Party remained active till 2003 when it formed Freedom Front Plus party in the 'new' S.Africa.


    PS: Sis Kimberley is so on point about this ad-nauseum meme about Mandela was sooo-good to forgive his [& S.African's] white oppressors of the white supremacist Apartheid regime.
    White people NEVER seem to either forget or forgive their marked Black & Brown enemies. Did they forgive H Rap Brown, Mumia Abu Jamal, Assata Shakur, Geronimo Pratt, Leonard Peltier, Herman Wallace [who after releasing him from 40 straight yrs of solitary confinement, literally while on his point death-bed, the persecutor's office re-indicted him]- Khadaffi, Fidel, Chavez, Mugabe, etc,…??? Answer- HELL NO!!!


    Other Notable Articles on Mandela's Legacy: 'If Nelson Mandela Really Had Won, He Wouldn't Be Seen as a Universal Hero' [@ ]

    'The Other MandelaA Revolutionary Without Revolution' [@ ]

    'The Media and Mandela' [@ ]

    'Why the West Loves Mandela and Hates Mugabe'  [@ ]

    'Nelson Mandela: Obama, Clinton, Cameron, Blair – Tributes of Shameful Hypocrisy' [@ ]

    PS: Probably the best analysis of Mandela's legacy, including his / its short-comings, is the article by Bro Tony Monteiro here @ BAR [ ].