Fifty years of American right-wing opposition to Nelson Mandela’s cause
HERE‘s a handy timeline that should prompt embarrassment and shame in certain American political circles:
The world is celebrating Nelson Mandela as a selfless visionary who led his country out of the grips of apartheid into democracy and freedom. But some of the very people lavishing praise on South Africa’s first black president worked tirelessly to undermine his cause and portray the African National Congress he lead as pawns of the Soviet Union.
In fact, American conservatives have long been willing to overlook South Africa’s racist apartheid government in service of fighting communism abroad. Below is a short history, and some explanation, of how conservatives approached Mandela with the hostility they did:
National Review predicts end of white rule would result in “the collapse of civilization.”
Reagan described apartheid South Africa as a “good country.”
Jerry Falwell urges supporters to oppose sanctions.
180 House members opposed free Mandela resolution.
20 Senators and 83 House members oppose sanctions.
Jack Abramoff leads think tank dedicated to tearing down Mandela.
U.S. Senator testified in support of the apartheid government.
Heritage Foundation says Mandela is no “freedom fighter.”
Conservative think tank links Mandela to communists.
National Review labels Mandela a “communist” for opposing the Iraq war.