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Nelson Mandela Memorial In Photos: Where Were You When The White Supremacists Ruled?

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THE Nelson Mandela Memorial took place at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.

Barack Obama hailed Mandela as “the last great liberator of the 20th century”.

That much is true. Were it not for him and his fellow fighters against the brutal horrors of white supremacists, would black South African be free? Would the white leaders, the BBC reporters and the happy white faces be singing for Madiba? Not everyone hated apartheid. The powerful didn’t. The South African economy boomed on cheap black labour. They had the money, the overseas investors, the guns and the power. To take that on you don’t just need an avuncular smile and an audience with the Spice Girls. You need courage and the ability to instil fear in the oppressor. You need to be angry and ready to kill.

We all love Mandela now. He was the man who forgave. But you know what he forgave? The whites and rich blacks who sing his name and wave the flag of the Rainbow Nation haven’t focused on that. It’s not so much forgive as forget. This is what South Africa looked like for blacks in the 1960s. The poor, enslaved blacks who kept the South African machine rich.

His became the most famous name who took that on.

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Posted: 10th, December 2013 | In: Reviews | Comment