Mandela will never, ever be your minstrel. by Musa Okwonga


Mandela will never, ever be your minstrel.

by Musa Okwonga / @okwonga / http://www.okwonga.com/?p=869

Dear Revisionists,

“Mandela will never, ever be your minstrel. Over the next few days you will try so, so hard to make him something he was not, and you will fail. You will try to smooth him, to sandblast him, to take away his Malcolm X. You will try to hide his anger from view. Right now, you are anxiously pacing the corridors of your condos and country estates, looking for the right words, the right tributes, the right-wing tributes. You will say that Mandela was not about race. You will say that Mandela was not about politics. You will say that Mandela was about nothing but one love, you will try to reduce him to a lilting reggae tune. “Let’s get together, and feel alright.” Yes, you will do that. …

Mandela was about politics and he was about race and he was about freedom and he was even about force, and he did what he felt he had to do and given the current economic inequality in South Africa he might even have died thinking he didn’t do nearly enough of it.”

Read the rest: http://www.okwonga.com/?p=869

Powerful, Radical, Honest. Remembering a great human

nelson

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