Nelson Mandela lived as a symbol of the struggle for racial equality, and dedicated his existence to fighting for a more just world. His death has brought up all the old issues that surrounded the South African apartheid system.
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Welcome to a special Nelson Mandela edition of This Week in Racism. I’ll be ranking news stories on a scale of 1 to RACIST, with “1” being the least racist and “RACIST” being the most racist.
-When a world leader dies, people tend to drop their partisan disagreements and find a way to honor the accomplishments of the deceased. In America, when a president dies, all sitting and former presidents are expected to attend the funeral. Ideally, the deaths of heads of state should bring people together to recognize the common bonds of a nation, or a world.
That respect doesn't always trickle down to average citizens. If Twitter had existed in 1994 when Richard Nixon died, chances are that a gaggle of assholes would have gotten together to say something shitty about Tricky Dick's demise. It's the nature of the medium that people try to out-douche each other on the regular. As such, it is no surprise that a small segment of the internet thought it'd be OK to be racist to mark the occasion of former South African President Nelson Mandela's death. I mean, who can resist such a fantastic opportunity to reveal just how horrible you actually are? This is like the Super Bowl for shitty people. As with the Super Bowl and the movie Highlander, there can be only one winner. Let's see who really took this opportunity and ran with it.
-Leave it to the readers of the intellectually stimulating Fox Nation website to open up this contest strong and deliver what might be a DEVASTATING blow of racial prejudice right out of the gate. The comments have been disabled on the Mandela obit article, but a blog called Newshounds took screenshots of some of the epic idiocy.
Instead of getting rid of your comment section, maybe next time just hire someone (preferably a natural born American citizen. This is Fox Nation, after all) to write fake comments like, "What a fine obituary," "We'll miss you, Nelly," or "Holler at me if you love black folks!" RACIST
-The editor of WorldNetDaily, Joseph Farah, thinks the real racist was Mandela.
"Apartheid was inarguably an evil and unjustifiable system. But so is the system Mandela’s revolution brought about – one in which anti-white racism is so strong today that a prominent genocide watchdog group has labeled the current situation a “precursor” to the deliberate, systematic elimination of the race.
In other words, the world has been sold a bill of goods about Mandela. He wasn’t the saintly character portrayed by Morgan Freeman. He wasn’t someone fighting for racial equality. He was the leader of a violent, Communist revolution that has nearly succeeded in all of its grisly horror...
Today, in South Africa’s white population of 4 million, 1 million live in utter poverty.
Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss."
Singling out "white poverty" in a country like South Africa is ridiculous, because South Africa is a ridiculously poor nation with a white population that is less than 10 percent according to recent census data. A South African government study reported on by Sky News in 2012 found that white South Africans still make six times more than their black counterparts. The same study found that two-thirds of the country's youth live in households where the per capita income is about $77 a month. South Africa is overwhelmingly black. You would assume that would happen in a country in... Africa. The concern Mr. Farah has would be better placed with the entirety of South Africa's poor, rather than just white people. I could call his comment "race baiting," but I'll pass. RACIST
-Blogs are great, but everyone knows that Twitter is the best place to find loony folks who love to say awful things about dead famous people. As such, I dedicate this week's most racist tweets to those brave souls who threw caution (and decorum) to the wind in order to make as many people mad as possible. Congrats!
The Most Racist Nelson Mandela Death Tweets: