Atheist Vs. Racist
What is worse?
If I told you that I do not believe in GOD what would you think? If I said GOD is not the answer, GOD is not going to save us, GOD is the evil you preach against, how would you react? Do you reply by giving me a sermon on the need for a religious grounding and so on, or do you blow me off as a silly sceptic?
What if I said NELSON MANDELA is not a hero. If I said Nelson “sold out his people to the white man”. If I said Nelson Mandela betrayed the very people he was supposedly fighting for? Would you call me a racist? Would you become emotional and argue with me?
So why does Winnie Mandela get away with it? Why does Winnie have the right to diss the icon of freedom. If I say Nelson Mandela should not have accepted his Nobel Peace Prize people get all tense and start freaking out at me, yet Winnie says it and they stop, think and even see the logic in what she says.
In her interview with Nadira Naipaul yesterday Winnie said some of these things, and more.
“This name Mandela is an albatross around the necks of my family. You all must realise that Mandela was not the only man who suffered. There were many others, hundreds who languished in prison and died. Many unsung and unknown heroes of the struggle, and there were others in the leadership too, like poor Steve Biko, who died of the beatings, horribly all alone. Mandela did go to prison and he went in there as a burning young revolutionary. But look what came out,”
I read these words and as a South African I am saddened. Just because a man changes from a militant freedom fighter to a humble peace broker, should not make him a lessor person. In fact, more of the ANC leaders should give up the “struggle” talk and start some nation building. But I think there is more “White Hate” now than ever. I am not sure why, but maybe it is not as easy as the new leaders imagined it to be. The running of a country, whilst satisfying the promises made to the masses is not that easy. The money to fulfill all the peoples needs is not easy to find.
Anyhow, Winnie Mandela still receives mega attention in South Africa, good and bad. I am just worried about the ANC at the moment. It all seems to be coming apart at the seems.