December 10, 2013

The Mandela Myth

White liberals are obsessed with Nelson Mandela everywhere outside South Africa.  Black people inside South Africa however are far more blasé about him. 

In a demographically youthful country where much of the population only came of age once he was out of office, he had already become a part of the vanishing past even before his death.

The generations that lived through Apartheid as adults make up a surprisingly small percentage of the black population. With its high crime rates and high AIDS rates, South Africa has a life expectancy in the fifties. Afghanistan, Sudan and Haiti all have higher life expectancies than South Africa.

There is a reason that many Americans and Europeans remember Mandela’s campaign against Apartheid better than black South Africans do. 
They are more likely to still be among the living.

Today South Africa has a 26 percent unemployment rate and a 17 percent HIV rate. There is no equality

Instead, like all wealth redistribution schemes, inequality has been spread along with resentment and a pervasive feeling of injustice for everyone.

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