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  Just Plain Racism
by Paul Walfield
16 February 2003

Nelson Mandela is accusing President Bush of being racist because Bush intends to defend the U.S. from terrorism and Saddam Hussein. The logic goes that disagreeing with Kofi Annan, the Secretary General of the U.N., is being racist. Seriously.

I was blessed with parents who never judged anyone because of the color of their skin or how they worshipped; character was the only criteria. I have always thought that was the only decent way to be or live, and could never

understand to this day, why anyone worth conversing with would think



Racists, bigots, haters, no matter their credentials, their education, or

position are simply not worth a second thought.


In the 21st century, thankfully, it has become fashionable to view racism as

it should be viewed, no less than a despicable and dangerous ideology that

cannot be left to stand.


The racists seem to have gotten the message and now couch their vile beliefs

in more subtle and oblique ways. What is most interesting is their use of

the West's ostensible distaste for their own vile philosophy, by passing it

on to others.


Nelson Mandela who was raised from being an inmate in one of apartheid South

Africa's prisons to Statesman and Nobel Laureate, accuses President Bush and

America as racist because the United States dares to defend itself and its

people from a tyrant with weapons of mass destruction, and is willing to do

so without France's approval.


Mr. Mandela claims that because the head of the United Nations is Black, we

need to heed his opinion that Iraq must be allowed to continue its defiance

of UN Resolutions. By not doing so, America is racist; Mandela asked, "Is

it because the secretary-general of the United Nations is now a Black man?"


Kofi Annan, the Secretary General of the United Nations is from Ghana, and

is Black.


Now, I don't personally know President Bush, or Vice President Cheney, but I

would bet the farm that when they formulate the decision to attack Iraq, the

color of Kofi Annan's skin will not be part of their decision making



The Left, whether here in the US, or in Europe, or anywhere else it appears,

will use anything to undermine America's position in the world, and its

sovereignty. While many people wouldn't give a second thought to Mr.

Mandela's assertion that racism is a key component of America's quest to

remain safe and free, the crowd at the International Women's Forum,

applauded his remarks.


Mr. Annan, not being satisfied with simply calling the US racist, also

determined that America "has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world."

To Mr. Mandela and his audience who also applauded that "observation,"

America is morally bankrupt, and a terrorist state.


The statements, observations, and comments made by Mr. Mandela, and hearty

approval by his audience amount to nothing more than plain old bigotry. It

may not fit the traditional notion of bigotry, but nonetheless the term fits



Mr. Mandela used rhetoric detrimental to an individual and the people of a

nation without factual basis. He is obstinate in his beliefs and placed his

opinion above the reality of the circumstances. His audiences concurrence

with his rhetoric mark not only their approval of his bigotry, they

highlight their own.


Not satisfied with merely accusing the American President with racism, Mr.

Mandela also needed to create an atmosphere around Mr. Bush of

dimwittedness. Mr. Mandela accused Mr. Bush "of no foresight, who cannot

think properly." Quite typical of racists who need to dehumanize the

subjects of their hate.


While the Left claims to be a champion of the oppressed, no mention was made

by Mr. Mandela of the plight of the Iraqi people under the continued

brutality of the sadist Saddam Hussein. There was no mention of how

America's liberation of Iraq would lead to freedoms heretofore unknown to

the Iraqi people. No, he chose to vent his hate for America, its President

and its people.


Quite incredulously the Left in practice, damns the people and country

seeking to better the lives of the world's oppressed while they champion the

longevity of despots, dictators, and tyrants.


Despite the façade of charity and goodwill for all, The Left, Mr. Mandela

and his audience, demonstrate their true agenda for all who care to see.

Paul Walfield is a freelance writer and member of the State Bar of California with an undergraduate degree in Psychology and post-graduatestudy in behavioral and analytical psychology. He resided for a number ofyears in the small town of Houlton, Maine and is now a California attorney.Paul can be contacted at [email protected]