Black People : South Africa: Mandela Free for 20 years

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  1. cherryblossom

    cherryblossom Banned MEMBER

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    20 Years Ago Today, Nelson Mandela was released from prison.

    How do you view the level and aim of progress in South Africa since his release?



     
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    Azania is in deeper trouble now than they were when whites were ruling (not to say that they still don't).

    It's nice that they set him free and (s)elected him president and all, but he didn't do anything. AIDS skyrocketed after he took office, the budget took a massive hit, the poor got poorer (believe it) and whites were not sanctioned in any kind of way (unless you count giving them more money sanctioning). Instead, we had Indians and whites calling themselves South Africans reporting about all the foreigners from ZIMBABWE and MOZAMBIQUE coming to take their South African jobs.... The games whites have played on our minds... What legacy did Mandela leave? PEACE?

    We love Mandela, he is our Brother. But he is spineless and as a leader he is without practical vision for his people. I thought only intellectuals and "pro-blacks" were aware of this, that it was viewed as a conspiracy theory when you say "whites are still in power" and "what did Mandela really do?". But nah...

    The people know, and beneath the calm, eurocentric exterior of both Johannesburg and Capetown (Afrika's little europe) there is a raging fire in all the disenfranchised youth, unemployed Afrikans, betrayed and confused mixed-heritage men and women and impoverished fathers and single mother rapevictims.

    I remember meeting an 8-year old in Sowetho while we were in a cipher (freestyle group thing) he jumped in and started rapping. We were thrown off guard as the shorty was spitting fire. Then one line smacked me in the face:

    "Mandela is free, but where is the kingdom?".

    Azania is a tour de force unlike any other, but where as Biko was a hero and died FOR the cause instead of simply BECAUSE of it - Mandela and even Hector Pieterson were JUST victims.

    Believe it fam.

    One,

    - Ikoro
     
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    cherryblossom Banned MEMBER

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    Yes, the many of the people of SA admire Mandela for his past fighting and his imprisonment.


    But, he's really just a "figure-head" for the people. He has no real power.

    And, yes, it takes time for any country to recoup from so many years of unjust rule.

    But, the people of SA are suffering and the steps to alleviate their pains is coming way too slowly.
     
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