Mandela is Dead; and The Wolves are Jostling to Speak, M. Frindéthié

Mural of Mandela at the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg (Photo by M. Frindéthié)

Mural of Mandela at the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg (Photo by M. Frindéthié)

Nelson Mandela passed away today. The world’s icon of dignity, peace, and reconciliation is gone. Political actors the world over are now jostling to be among the first ones to offer their condolences to Mandela’s countrymen and family members, to speak of his legacy, to recollect some obscure anecdote, and, in the process, to  pull the sheet of Mandela’s struggle for democracy toward themselves. Mandela’s fight was for human freedom and dignity, and many policy makers are not honorable enough to speak of Mandela. They should not speak his name today lest they should sully Mandela’s lifelong work. Those First-World leaders who have conspired and are still conspiring to keep the populations of the Third World in the constant spiral of war, degradation, and subaltern condition must just shut up lest they should tarnish Mandela’s name. Likewise, those Third-World leaders, shameful modern slaves in shining shoes and pressed suits, who have and are still conspiring with First-World greedy speculators for the economic and human genocide of their own peoples, should just shut up lest they should sully Mandela’s name. Mandela is dead, but not all those who can afford to stand in front of a microphone must necessarily pretend to speak of his work.

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