26 October 2021, African Historian
The West does not like the Black man who really works for the Black man and when a Black man is appreciated, worshiped, deified at this point by Westerners, we must begin to ask questions. Was Nelson Mandela truly a hero for Black South Africans?
Nelson Mandela, there is a certain dogma about this man. Everyone loves him and everyone has to love him. You don't have to ask questions, you just have to love him. It is a dictatorship of love towards him and to question his record is almost blasphemy. Leader of the ANC, leader of the movement against Apartheid, he led South Africa towards equality for all its citizens. While there is no question of questioning the constitutional gains of Blacks in South Africa, Nelson Mandela's record is more nuanced than we are led to believe.
If I have understood anything correctly since I looked at the story, it is that the West does not like the Black man who really works for the Black man and when a Black man is appreciated, worshiped, deified at this point by Westerners, we must begin to ask questions. We have been posting quotes from Malcolm X. I have long avoided this man because he is called a hate preacher by the same West. Rather, looking at his action, I realize that he was exceptionally far-sighted and had total love and devotion to his people and to Africa. Was it the same for Mandela?
At the end of Apartheid, there was a Truth and Reconciliation Commission led by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, in which some of the worst criminals against Blacks were simply not dealt with. The particular case of President PW Botha is revealing. This man had planned the extermination of Blacks as revealed by his speech to his cabinet. Since it is known that the Black man must always show the other cheek no matter what is done to him, justice has not been served against these people.
Then on the economic level, there was the disastrous economic state of the Kamits in South Africa. I avoided talking about political responsibilities to focus on the solution to be provided by civil society. Surveys show that whites who are only 10% of South Africa’s population hold 90% of the wealth. Almost all natural resources, which are from the traditional African point of view of the common heritage, are in the hands of the white elite. Mandela did not nationalize the mines so that the wealth would be shared among all people, and Whites continue to get richer while Blacks are dragging the devil by the tail.
The same goes for agricultural land. In 2008, they were still 95% owned by Europeans and there was no real redistribution as in Zimbabwe, which redistribution to Blacks has earned Zimbabwe economic sanctions that have plunged the country economically to disaster. And this independence hero and apartheid collector President Mugabe was treated by the Western media as a bloodthirsty dictator, quite simply because he does not bow down in front of the Europeans.
So whether it is in agriculture or in industry, in the economy in general itself, South Africa is still the country of White people and the West likes it. This is why Mandela is so loved and celebrated. South Africa is Black Skin White Masks. The Black political environment gives us the impression of equality, but everything continues to be run by the Whites.
My conclusion is that if we owe Mandela an endless thank you for freeing the physical chains of his people, we must know that economically he has not done much for them.
A critical attitude that is unique to us must be taken towards all our leaders. We must by direct knowledge (Cheikh Anta Diop’s slogan) evaluate their action and not let ourselves be dictated by who we must love and who we must hate.
▼ Recommended for you