services for Nelson Mandela, who died last week at age 95. President
Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama would travel to South
Africa. They are joined on Air Force One by former president George W.
Bush and wife Laura Bush. Former President Bill Clinton also would
travel to South Africa, along with his wife, former Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton. I heard that Cuban president II, Raul Castro, is also
traveling to South Africa to pay his respects. I wonder if the Obamas
also invited him to join them on Air Force One.
As it was well expressed in a recent article by Cliff Kincaid, a
veteran journalist and media critic, “Comrade Mandela’s Secret Life,”
the South African Communist Party is admitting Nelson Mandela was a
high-ranking member. Will the media report these facts? Or will the
“myth” continue to prevail?
In another paragraph of his article, Cliff Kincaid said, “Mandela is
being credited with trying to avoid a bloodbath after the black
majority took power. But his denial of membership in the South African
Communist Party, which turned out to be a lie, deserves attention and
comment. What was he trying to hide? And was there more to it than
mere membership in the SACP?
The SACP itself is not hiding the truth. In a tribute to “a true
revolutionary,” its website declares, “At his arrest in August 1962,
Nelson Mandela was not only a member of the then-underground South
African Communist Party, but was also a member of our Party’s Central
Committee. To us as South African communists, Cde [Comrade] Mandela
shall forever symbolize the monumental contribution of the SACP in our
liberation struggle. The contribution of communists in the struggle to
achieve the South African freedom has very few parallels in the
history of our country. After his release from prison in 1990, Cde
Madiba became a great and close friend of the communists till his last
As president of South Africa, Mandela spoke to the South African
Communist Party on its 75th anniversary, referring to its “alliance”
with the African National Congress and others ruling South Africa.
Some of the truth about Mandela’s secret life as a communist has
emerged in various books over the years.” I admire the lack of memory
of some people as our president and former presidents, and for that I
need to quote some words of Joseph Farah, author, journalist and
editor in chief of the conservative website WorldNetDaily (WND).
“I noticed over the weekend that lists of quotes from Nelson Mandela
had gone viral on the Internet. None of the lists I saw included any
of these — which say more about the man and the myth than you could
have learned by reading all the reports in the international
1. “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
2. “Long lives the Cuban revolution. Long lives comrade Fidel Castro.
Cuban internationalists have done so much for African independence,
freedom and justice. We admire the sacrifices of the Cuban people in
maintaining their independence and sovereignty in the face of a
vicious imperialist campaign designed to destroy the advances of the
Cuban revolution. The Cuban revolution has been a source of
inspiration to all freedom-loving people.”
3. “The communist bogey is an American stunt to distract the attention
of the people of Africa from the real issue facing them, namely,
According to Mandela’s own words, the United States of America has
committed unspeakable atrocities in the world. If Americans are so
monstrous, how can anyone explain that during a December 2000 visit
with Nelson Mandela, Oprah Winfrey pledged to build a school in South
Africa? As that commitment broadened, she established The Oprah
Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation, to which she has contributed
more than $40 million toward the creation of the Oprah Winfrey
Leadership Academy for Girls — South Africa.
Oprah would probably like now to call herself African-American, but
she is just a plain Black-American born in the rural town of
Kosciusko, Mississippi, with lots of money and a deep desire to help
people of less means.
After all, Americans are as bad as some people would like to portray us.
Perly Viasmensky is the General Manager of the Las Vegas Tribune. She
writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Perly Viasmensky,
email her at pviasmensky@lasvegas tribune.com.