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Who would get more applause: Mandela or Mugabe?

04 January 2014, 14:31

Compare Mugabe to Mandela. The only reason Mandela may get more applause is because the colonialists would be applauding too. If the event were in Soweto say, us Africans would give about equal applause.

Why would Mugabe receive the same applause from us Africans as Mandela? The answer is complex. Mandela we all love, but for a completely different reason than the reason we love Mugabe. Mandela is loved for his part in the struggle and his rise to become president. This shows strength. But since then, since 1994, things went downhill. He began showing his weaknesses. He showed humility instead of rampant pride. He began becoming friends of Westerners. He became too good.

We still love him because of his pre-1994 activities, and despite the fact that, since then, the Westerners have come to love him too. In fact, it seems as though one of the main reasons we seem to love him so much is that he's ours, so we need to love him more than Westerners. Despite our reservations about the fact that he was "too good".

Compare him to Mugabe. Mugabe we can love unrestrainedly since he has no such character defects. As Mugabe said about Mandela, Mandela went "a bit too far in doing good to the non-black communities, really in some cases at the expense of (blacks).” “That’s being too saintly, too good, too much of a saint" (http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/robert-mugabe-mourns-champion-oppressed-mandela/, 4/1/2014).

This about sums it up. Mugabe is no saint, and has no intention of becoming one. He has no intention of doing any good for non-blacks (except Chinese). This is why we will always live him. The alleged crimes he has committed are easily and quickly forgotten.

When we speak of humanity, we mean black and Chinese humanity. When we speak of love, we mean love of our own. When we speak of a leader, we speak of someone with strength, narcissism, hopefully even total ruthlessness. So long live Mugabe!

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