Well, I should clarify that to see him as someone who wanted and worked for peace is both completely fine and very accurate, especially looking at his actions later in life. The trouble is that he’s being presented as a symbol of “peaceful resistance”, which is completely at odds with how he actually achieved the incredible victories he’s famous for. This is a very common thing to happen to radical figures after they die: people who are aligned with the power structures that they fought against try to take their radical legacies and turn them into something harmless. It’s what happens to the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. every time he gets misrepresented as someone who stood for some cuddly kind of colour-blind, “ignore racism and it’ll go away” ideology — in reality MLK’s approach to racism (and he has this in common with Mandela, although obviously their methods were different) was to clearly identify and oppose the white supremacist and capitalist power structures that perpetuate racialized oppression. To misrepresent these men in this way is to take away the power of their approaches. And that’s exactly the point, because ultimately no media outlet owned by a capitalist government or a capitalist corporation want to lend any power to movements that could potentially upset the current balance of power: their existence depends on that balance of power.
In Nelson Mandela’s case, violence was a necessary part of his struggle. The apartheid state would never have allowed a free election if it had not been forced to by the pressure put on it by the armed opposition of the African National Congress and other revolutionary forces working in South Africa. To hide this fact is to hide the lesson that yes, there are struggles that cannot be won in the voting booth alone. It is to hide the lesson that no ruling class — be it the one behind the apartheid government of South Africa, or the ones behind the wealth-dominated governments of the USA or Britain — will surrender its power unless it is forced to.
White people destroyed 3/4s of the world for spices and have the nerve not to season their food.
I was just not expecting your accent- southernish/southeastern?
I have an accent?
I live on Canada’s southern west coast if that’s anything. O_O
Next time you see me Rin, I will be expecting your best yokel upkeep.
You do sound really hillbilly in this (but you normally don’t! lol)
Can you explain more in depth as to why it is wrong of the media to portray Mandela as an icon of peace after his death? I genuinely want to know, I would've thought being labeled as a pacifist would be a good thing? I do not know much of Mendela's work as I should obviously, but I am open to learning.
REMINESCENCE | Sasha Marini andAurelien Muller by Brice Hardelin for Vangardist November 2013
(1) Zara suit, shirt and tie Smalto (2) Smalto, scarf Zara
(3) vest Smalto, Zara scarf (4) Smalto, necklace Zara
indian-like accessories Laden
I’ll be in my bunk.
Sorry to be creepy but you should post more selfies.
Where’s your monroe?
if ur sad do not fear friend i am sending puppies to help u