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The Measure of The Man

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

What if Nelson Mandela had done what was so very natural to do: turn “apart hate” on white South Africa after decades of vicious, systematic violence and dehumanisation of black South Africans, and in their homeland by especially the Dutch Afrikaaners?



There would have been a blood bath in Johannesburg, Pretoria and the other major cities and towns where the whites had set themselves up in luxury on the blood-coloured diamonds/gold/iron ore extracted from the depths of the earth through human exploitation and social discrimination. Inevitably, the race-based reverse violence would have spread internationally to societies which shared (many still do at different levels and in more sophisticated forms) with the apartheid National Party in South Africa similar forms of exploitation and dehumanisation of black and non-European peoples over many centuries and across many continents.



The economy of South Africa would have been destroyed as the consequences of reverse racism fell on the strongest economy in Africa. Western society would have been outraged and its media would have pictured in graphic detail the “inhumanity” being perpetrated on “innocent, women and children.”



What if Mandela sought to name and shame those western societies and leaders (many who are now effusive with praise for him and the South Africa he sought to create) who during apartheid were solidly on the side of the racist regime and never flinched at the benefits they derived from trade and economic relations with South Africa?


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