The controversial anti-apartheid leader died on December 5, 2013 at the age of 95 and his funeral will take place on Sunday. Mandela served 27 years in prison for taking up arms to overthrow the pro-apartheid white government. After his release in 1990 he led the ANC (African National Congress) and was elected president of the country in 1994.
Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, Founder and President of BOND (Brotherhood Organization of A New Destiny) sent a statement to the Paulding County Republican Examiner on Wednesday regarding Mandela and that President Obama, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton should learn from Mandela.
“Nelson Mandela was an important historical figure, but we have to be honest about his controversial past. Most in the western press are romanticizing the man and are leaving out his role as the leader of the violent communist ANC organization,” said Peterson.
“Mandela never publicly renounced his membership to the Communist Party or his Marxist ideology. This evil system is responsible for imprisoning and brutally murdering hundreds of millions of people across the globe. This will forever be a stain on his legacy.”
“However, Mandela should be commended for his more recent efforts to bring racial reconciliation between whites and blacks,” said Peterson. “Tuesday was also the 20th anniversary of the day when Mandela and South Africa's last apartheid-era president, F.W. de Klerk, received the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to bring peace to their country.”
Last month, Peterson scorned Oprah Winfrey, President Obama, and the liberal media for ignoring the rise of black youths going after whites, male and female and playing what they call, the “Knockout Game” in which black teenagers target whites to attack them without provocation.
“Despite the facts, mainstream media outlets refuse to truthfully report these black-on-white hate crimes. Some outright call it a “myth”. When the media downplay these crimes or omit the racial component, they put lives at risk. Imagine if whites victimized blacks today. There would be wall-to-wall coverage and President Obama and Oprah would both be on TV condemning it,” Peterson said.
“I urge President Barack Obama, Jesse Jackson and other black "leaders" in the U.S. to stop giving lip service about Mandela and actually work towards uniting the races in this country. This would truly be a legacy worthy of celebration.”