Only 5 of these I haven’t done and I wont say which ones ;)
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 on the US invasion of Iraq
This is the Mandela that I mourn not the white-washed, sanitized version of a revolutionary figure that aligned with Communists, was part of a group branded as terrorists by Reagan, who continued to voice his opposition to Israel’s apartheid regime and illegal occupation of the West Bank and used armed resistance to fight apartheid in South Africa.
The way white people are exalting him across the political spectrum globally based on his national reconciliation work in South Africa post-apartheid (which did have major pitfalls for non-whites in particular) and erasing his revolutionary past and fight for equality across the globe shows just how ignorant of history they are and how incredibly myopic they are too.
White people are doing to Mandela what they’ve already done to Martin Luther King, Jr., and it makes me sick. If I see one more racist white liberal lionizing Mandela in a way that erases his revolutionary past so their facebook status about his death can serve as their “feel-good” justification of the day for their “liberalism,” I’m going to be sick. And don’t even get me started on the white American conservatives who are now lauding him even as Reagan demonized the ANC and Dick Cheney voted against a resolution that would have urged the South African apartheid government to remove Mandela from prison.
Don’t sanitize Mandela for your white comfort. He’s a hero in many regards, but maybe not for the reasons you might think based on the whitewashing he’s receiving in the media to hollow him out and make him into a puppet figure for racist white liberals and conservatives alike, just like MLK.
Who is John Isaacs? Works by this British artist (born 1968), who lives in Berlin, stand out for their formal eclecticism. Science here (Isaacs is a former biology student) is a philosophical issue – not rational, reassuring science, but the science that has spawned atomic bombs, helps pollute the planet and which, throughout the 20th century, has attained such abstraction that to adhere blindly to the precepts of quantum physics or the rope theory now requires an act of almost religious faith. Cacophonous experts’ quarrels about these issues remind us of the builders of the Tower of Babylon, condemned by God to eternal mutual incomprehension by being given different languages. In 2003 Isaacs duly erected his own version of the Babylonian Ziggurat, entitled The Architecture of Aspiration. (via annualartmagazine)