Nelson Mandela on USA

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don’t care for human beings.

—Nelson Mandela

Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers.

—Mignon McLaughlin, author (1913 to 1983)

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Nelson Mandela (1918 to 2013)

Gadla (Nelson Mandela's dad) was a polygamist, having four wives, four sons and nine daughters, who lived in different villages. Nelson's mother was Gadla's third wife, Nosekeni Fanny, who was daughter of Nkedama of the Right Hand House and a member of the amaMpemvu clan of Xhosa.[8]

Mandela and his co-accused were transferred from Pretoria to the prison on Robben Island, remaining there for the next 18 years. (1962–1982)

In March 1980 the slogan “Free Mandela!” was developed by journalist Percy Qoboza, sparking an international campaign that led the UN Security Council to call for his release.[149] Despite increasing foreign pressure, the government refused, relying on powerful foreign Cold War allies in US President Ronald Reagan and UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher; Thatcher considered Mandela a communist terrorist and supported the suppression of the ANC.[150]

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