Today Nelson Mandela died, and many people will take to social media to say RIP Mandela & post a picture of the great man, free & smiling after 27 years in prison for allegedly conspiring to commit sabotage and conspiracy against the South African apartheid government in 1962-  he was one of the finest humans of our time. I grew up hearing of this man imprisoned in South Africa, & I like millions world wide, was overjoyed when he finally was released in 1990. He came out of prison and within four years was South Africa's first black president, having spearheaded the political movement that peacefully ended the racist apartheid government. He did great things for his people after he was free, there is no doubt. But this picture is a far more telling testament to what kind of man Mandela was than any modern photo. Here he is defiantly raising his fists with other men on the way to prison- he had JUST been given a life sentence. Mandela knew what would happen with his trial, & instead of focusing all his energy on keeping himself free, he disrupted the trial by wearing traditional garb, refused to call any witnesses to his defense & turned the trial into an arena for political speech to show the world what was happening in South Africa. He sacrificed his own freedom so that his people could one day be equals in their own native country, because he knew something had to change, & if he had to go to prison for LIFE to speed that change, so be it. He was a living example of DOING THE RIGHT THING, NO MATTER WHAT THE COST. THAT is a REAL MAN. In fact, one of his most famous quotes about prison was this: "If I had my time over, I would do the same again. So would any man who dares call himself a man." So rest in peace, Nelson Mandela. I can only hope others will take a page from your book. Your 27 years of hard time are a blessing to us all.
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  • drandallblytheToday Nelson Mandela died, and many people will take to social media to say RIP Mandela & post a picture of the great man, free & smiling after 27 years in prison for allegedly conspiring to commit sabotage and conspiracy against the South African apartheid government in 1962- he was one of the finest humans of our time. I grew up hearing of this man imprisoned in South Africa, & I like millions world wide, was overjoyed when he finally was released in 1990. He came out of prison and within four years was South Africa's first black president, having spearheaded the political movement that peacefully ended the racist apartheid government. He did great things for his people after he was free, there is no doubt. But this picture is a far more telling testament to what kind of man Mandela was than any modern photo. Here he is defiantly raising his fists with other men on the way to prison- he had JUST been given a life sentence. Mandela knew what would happen with his trial, & instead of focusing all his energy on keeping himself free, he disrupted the trial by wearing traditional garb, refused to call any witnesses to his defense & turned the trial into an arena for political speech to show the world what was happening in South Africa. He sacrificed his own freedom so that his people could one day be equals in their own native country, because he knew something had to change, & if he had to go to prison for LIFE to speed that change, so be it. He was a living example of DOING THE RIGHT THING, NO MATTER WHAT THE COST. THAT is a REAL MAN. In fact, one of his most famous quotes about prison was this: "If I had my time over, I would do the same again. So would any man who dares call himself a man." So rest in peace, Nelson Mandela. I can only hope others will take a page from your book. Your 27 years of hard time are a blessing to us all.

  • slakethythirstYou continue to amaze mr. Blythe.
  • wwent13Ur such a smart person n well educated. I'm glad I started following u. I love ur music n pictures. I wish more people could see how great n caring people r in the metal world.
  • komissarhassAnd one more point: it is most regretful that so often to change the regime you have to destroy the country.
  • drandallblythe@southafrican77 I'm from Richmond Va. Capitol of the Confederacy. Center of the slave trade. We had a little thing that ended slavery called the American Civil War. Slavery didn't end because Massa & his happy little darkies sat down together & said "you know, this just isn't right", then held hands and sang Kumbaya. Know that the apartheid government of your country violently repressed the majority of its citizens & told them they were not even as fully as human as the ruling ethnic minority, who came and enslaved their ancestors & shipped them off to my hometown to be bought and sold like farm animals. Some of them got a little pissed and fought back. WHAT THE FUCK DO YOU EXPECT? Terrorism? Is that what revolution is called now? It's not like Mandela & his people suddenly said one day "Ya know, I'm gonna go blow up whitey just for the fuck of it." Mandela also tried peaceful means when he could. After Sharpeville 1960, he got a little angry. Look it up. Now move forward.
  • gorillaegg@southafrican77 the SA special forces conducted raids in neighboring countries and did the same things you mention. I know because I was there when it happened. I heard the bomb blasts and gunfire. I saw some of the carnage. That shit gets bloody. The term terrorism was thrown around a lot back then, much like it is now. It just depends on your perspective. Anyway, we should try not to focus on our own memories of suffering in these instances, because there was suffering all around. There were heinous atrocities committed all around
  • drandallblythe@gorillaegg Amen.
  • malludepaulaI understand the point of view from this white guy from South Africa. I won’t gonna say “I know the truth”, because I’m not from your country and obviously don’t know the truth. BUT, talking about “reverse racism”: White people don’t know a single thing about REAL racism. Yeah, I know that reverse racism exist, but it’s not the same thing. I’m white person, I can try to understand what a black person has to go through every day, I can try to help this person and give my support to her issues. But I will never know what it feels to suffer racism, because I’m white. Nobody ever crossed the street when I was passing. Nobody ever denied me a job because the way I look. Nobody ever looked at me the public transportation and hold her purse like I was going to stole it. I’m not the only person of my color of skin in my college. (I can go on forever) Why? Because I’m white and I live in a society that makes that some sort of “privilege”. I feel bad for you if somebody did bad things to you because you’re a white person. That it’s wrong and I do not even doubting of that. But don’t thing it is the same thing that black people have to go through because it’s not.
  • el_di3goNothing more need be said. He belongs to the ages now.
  • piggywalker84RIP Mandela.
  • komissarhass@drandallblythe what you are saying is true, but still, the regime change in South Africa may have lead to greater dignity of black people, but did not result in better life for most of them. The country suffers from many problems, and from being one of the leading actors in the world it became more or less typical post-colonial African state. Considering "starting conditions"-it is a failure of post-apartheid government, although not on the same level then in Somalia and former Rhodesia. And also one must not forget the involvement of great powers in the event, after all the people of SA, both black and white, most of them, ended up being pawns in the game. I am notsupporting apartheid regime, I just blame the Mandela regime for not making a good use of change. We in Russia have a way too many experience of similar events. By the way, what is your attitude towards Angola?
  • drandallblythe@drandallblythe South Africa is far from a paradise today- there is a great inequality in the division of wealth, unemployment and poverty rates are high, HIV/AIDS is believed to be the highest of any nation in the world, the current president has faced allegations of corruption & even rape- but you should know this, & as a Russian citizen who (I'm assuming) knows your own history w/Stalin, etc. you should even understand a bit- when you have a ruling class that controls the citizens movements, brutalizes them at will, & subjugates them with force- the common people of that country, upon removal of said ruling class, HAVE A WHOLE LOT TO WORK ON. South Africa had it's first truly free elections less than twenty years ago. TWENTY YEARS. When things are that fucked up for so long, they don't change overnight. History has shown us this again and again. "typical post-colonial African state"- Jesus Christ- IT WAS A NIGHTMARE UNDER APARTHEID. I would hazard to guess that any black citizens of South Africa who lived through apartheid would vehemently disagree with you about life not being BETTER. There is at least HOPE for future generations to build a healthy country. Under the apartheid government, there was NONE. I'd rather be poor & free than poor & enslaved ANYDAY. Go ask a black South African if they want apartheid back, since it used to be "one of the leading actors in the world" & now it's REALLY FUCKED. Just ask 'em. Tell them how much better off they were when they couldn't fucking vote. Why do you think Africa has been so fucked up for so long? The entire continent was basically a slave colony for hundreds of years, & it's been thrust onto the world stage & been asked "Why aren't y'all up to speed?" WTF? As far as Angola- it's a humanitarian nightmare of minefields left over from decades of war.
  • komissarhassThanks for the answer, @drandallblythe, I understand your views, and more or less agree with it.
  • drandallblythe@komissarhass Fo sho. Maybe I'll see ya in Russia one day!
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  • fireflowerzgthx Randy... you're the great man as well!
  • lynnifer71Well said!
  • marshall_paceWell said bro!
  • mixengAs the lyrics to your songs so often shed a light of truth on our world, so has words about Mandela's life and struggles!!! Thank you.
  • felix_thephoto_cat@drandallblythe I'm sick of people trashing him all over the internet. They want to call him "terrorist" and this...and that of course AFTER the fact. 99.9% of these insolent dolts couldn't spend one hour if they were in his shoes. Yes, we know he had a past...but he actually stood for something worth fighting for and planted many mental seeds that eventually got people actually using their brains. People really need to learn what apartheid really was before opening their uneducated , non-contributing mouths. Rant over lol
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