Nelson Mandela taken off the terrorist list
This is too good of a joke to pass up. But first a bit of background, just so you’ll understand how funny this really is. Seriously. It’s a riot.
By August, 1962 he was arrested and sentenced to five years in prison for incitement and for leaving the country illegally. The real crime, of course, was being conscious while black, but that crime hadn’t yet been put officially on the books so this sadly deficient description of Mandela’s crime would have to do.
“While Mandela was in prison, ANC colleagues who had been operating in hiding were arrested at Rivonia, outside of Johannesburg. Mandela was put on trial with them for sabotage, treason, and violent conspiracy. He was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment in June 1964. For the next 18 years he was imprisoned on Robben Island and held under harsh conditions with other political prisoners. Despite the maximum security of the Robben Island prison, Mandela and other leaders were able to keep in contact with the antiapartheid movement covertly. Mandela wrote much of his autobiography secretly in prison. The manuscript was smuggled out and was eventually completed and published in 1994 as Long Walk to Freedom. Later, Mandela was moved to the maximum-security Pollsmoor Prison near Cape Town. Mandela became an international symbol of resistance to apartheid during his long years of imprisonment, and world leaders continued to demand his release.
“In response to both international and domestic pressure, the South African government, under the leadership of President F. W. de Klerk, lifted the ban against the ANC and released Mandela in February 1990.”
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Nelson Mandela spent all those years in prison on Robben Island for living a life that essentially represented giving the big fat finger to the white supremacist apartheid regime. For this, the man was placed on the United States terrorism watch list. No, really. I’m telling the truth. Honest.
But here comes the really funny part. Mandela has now been out of prison for 18 years. Four years after his release on February 11, 1990, he became the country’s first democratically-elected president in history on April 27, 1994 and served until June 14, 1999. He is a worldwide hero to all those right-minded sane folk who believe in the necessity of resistance to oppression. He won the Nobel Prize in 1993, and that’s just one of more than 100 awards the man has won over four decades. He is 90 years old.
On Tuesday, July 1, 2008, President Bush signed legislation taking Mandela off the U.S. terrorism watch list.
OK, now you can laugh. Because this shit is truly hilarious, is it not?
God Bless America.
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