|Posted by The Reunion Black Family on December 6, 2013 at 3:20 AM|
Understanding Mandela in his own words!
"As I walked out the door towards the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn't leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I'd still be in prison." - Nelson Mandela
This quote in itself tells us a lot about the man who walked out of prison.
I know almost 3 decades ion prison is a lot for one man to take and I'm not taking anything away from him. I'm not trying to hurt anyone or get you worked up. I'm just trying to connect the dots out here.
Going by Mandela's statement, we can see that he was sure right.
If he had stayed on the principles that took him to jail - which was the fight for freedom, equality, justice and land control, he sure would have died in jail as the oppressive, apartheid system in S. Africa supported by the West would not have let him out.
He was bitter and he hated, but wasn't his bitterness and hatred towards the evil system what we all loved him for?
Wasn't it the same values that made him well known for his stand against apartheid?
Wasn't that what we all admired?
You can't be faced with an apartheid system on your own lands and not be bitter or hateful towards the system. It is impossible!
So he was rightly justified to be hateful and bitter, but why then did he leave that behind?
From his own words, they were values he had to eave behind so he could see freedom once again.
He had to change his stand from what we loved into what the system wanted him to become, in order for him to walk out alive.
He was taken to prison because he rightfully fought for his people and land and his values and zeal were built on the hatred and bitterness against the system that sought to destroy his manhood, lands, people and future. That is what he stood against and what landed him in jail, but for him to walk out he had to leave all that behind, leave the Mandela - the man we knew back in there and become a man the system wanted him to become.
Hence he was still placed on the US terrorist watch list until after he became finished his tenure as president, because those that have given him his freedom still kept an eye on him, watching if he will deviate back to the Mandela they knew and we knew.
The apartheid system knows there are two Mandelas - one that walked in and another that walked out, only the majority of Black folks fail to realise that and even Mandela himself told us, but many never understood him. And his actions after release surely told of the different Mandelas that were.
His actions showed us there was a Mandela that was taken to prison and another than was released.
The man is dead, dead as we know it at 95 years old. It would never have been easy for him during those almost 30 years in jail and surely enough to break a man and change him from his path.
But kudos to Mandela for telling us just that, for leaving us with his own word of truth, even though many have failed to understand them.
May he rest in peace! And may we the so called alive learn from this!
By Teekay Akin [Akin Adeseye]
David Cameron was a senior member of the young tories who branded Mandela a terrorist.