Stop Pretending To Care About Africans

Nelson Mandela, as you may have heard, is dead. In the midst of the phony-crywank festival, I was struck by the complete absence from people’s discussion of any reflection on the state of South Africa today, and the real legacy of this now much celebrated one time terrorist.

People seemed completely unaware of the degree to which Mandela’s biggest victory – gaining for his people the pretense of political rights –  came through accommodating the powerful business interests that denied their economic rights.

I had a play on this great data tool at the UNDP website, and compared the great man’s legacy with that of more militant, less celebrated, 20th century nationalist leaders like Castro, Ho Chi Min and Khomeini. I used adult female mortality since I figured that’s a measure no one could say was ambiguous or unimportant. He looses. They win. Don’t let that spoil the moment though guys, it’s not like you actually care about Africans.




::::UPDATE:::: – SAT 7 Dec 13



About Austin G. Mackell

I am a freelance journalist who has worked for a variety of corporate and community outlets from my hometown of Sydney and from the Middle East, including from Lebanon during Israels 2006 invasion and from Iran during the tumultuous presidential elections there in 2009. I have recently moved to Cairo to watch the revolutions in Arab world unfold.
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5 Responses to Stop Pretending To Care About Africans

  1. anthony says:

    Pound sand. I care about what, when, and who I want.

  2. anthony says:

    And looses is a non starter. Loses, yes. Credibility is derived from quality. You have none. When a hero dies check your punctuation, fool. This great man deserves better.

  3. Pingback: Former Lebanese PM drops race-bomb on Nelson Mandela | Patrick Galey

  4. preoccupiedimagination says:

    Reblogged this on PreOCCUPIED ImagiNATION.

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