Like many an American politician, Gov. Nikki Haley took to Facebook last night to pay posthumous tribute to Nelson Mandela — the figurative father of post-apartheid South Africa — to the virulent dismay of some of her social media followers.
Within 18 hours of her posting — “There are no words to describe the impact Nelson Mandela had no just on his country but on the world. May we all continue to learn from his courage, his grace, and his incomparable strength.” — Haley’s remark had elicited 1,784 “likes,” as one might expect. Surprising, however, was that of the roughly 130 comments from Haley’s followers, at least 70 took issue with her celebrating Mandela’s life.
No small number of the comments expressed bitter contempt for the man who ushered democracy and racial equality into South Africa in 1994 with relatively little violence, a remarkable feat given the many factions back then that were ready to turn their nation’s rivers red, including quite a few of Mandela’s own allies in the African National Congress.
No one looks to Facebook for intelligent commentary, especially on complicated geopolitical events like the end of apartheid, but when an elected official’s page draws so many bilious attacks and falsehoods, we think it is worth noting. Here are some choice unedited examples of the rhetoric coming from Haley’s anti-Mandela Facebook followers:
“May his worthless soul rot in Hell.” – Larry R Smith
“Mandella was a socialist goon who comitted the end of his life to eliminating white people.” – Phil Miller
“Mandela is unworthy of the admiration heaped upon him. He launched a genocide which continues to this day. He was an evil man, for that and other reasons. His first wife is not among his admirers.” – Javier Perez
“Come on, Nikki, he was a murdering, racist, Marxist, terrorist scumbag!” – Wade Smith
“He was a common thief and murderer that lived of the backs of others. Come on Nikki, tell it like it is. He was a South African hitler, don't glorify that. !” – David Sturgis
“Attempting to overthrow the government in any country is a capital crime. The man got off easy.” – Kevin O’Brien
“NOT IN AGREEMENT...he was a terrorist 1st class,plus a communist and NECKLACED his opponents,blacks included and his wife assisted...he is in hell...” – Yale O. Leftwich
“Ever hear of necklacing? Between him and his wife they invented one of the most brutal forms of mob justice ever created. Look it up.” – Don Benghazi Hooker
These notions, likely learned at the Internet’s darkest margins, are laughable for their inaccuracy and blindness to the crimes of the apartheid regime, alarming for their venom.
Yes, Mandela’s anti-apartheid movement was closely aligned with communism because the Soviet Union financed its efforts, just as it did the North Vietnamese and other anti-colonial movements around the world during the Cold War. But the anti-apartheid movement focused on defeating the oppression of minority rule, not recreating Stalinist Russia. Mandela never made any effort to seriously impose communism in modern South Africa.
As for necklacing, for those who don’t know, it was a form of execution that came out of South Africa’s apartheid townships, often resulting from black-on-black mob justice for those suspected of collaborating with the all-white government. It involved slashing the victim’s tendons and ligaments at the elbow, placing a tire over his head and shoulders, constraining his then useless arms, applying accelerants and setting the whole package on fire. Winnie Mandela, Mandela’s second wife, who evolved into a full-blown thug during her estranged husband’s 27-year prison sentence, notoriously endorsed the practice in the 1980s and her own goon squad reportedly adopted it.
But not Nelson Mandela.
Haley’s office did not reply to a request for comment on the slew of anti-Mandela slanders popping up on her Facebook page. Given that it was her own praise of Mandela’s courage, grace and strength that generated such ugliness, her silence so far rings particularly loud.
Ice Skate on Main Street
Columbia’s famously hot skating rink is now open! Additional information and discounts can be found here.
Relaxation, Pain Management, and Stress Relief
Licensed massage therapist Allison Morris of AMR Massage offers 50% off your first session and every 5th session free of charge. Click here for location, hours, and more information.
Hickory Tavern Is Now Open!
Find us on Facebook, Twitter (@TheHickoryTav), Instagram (@HickoryTavern), and visit our website for more info. 907 Senate Street in the Vista!
A Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Carnival
From 6-11 PM on December 31st on Main Street, enjoy rides, games, karaoke, food, drinks and more! More information here.
Going someplace cool this weekend?
Let The Backpacker help you go lightweight, comfortable and in style! Patagonia, Prana, Merrell, The North Face and more! Click for location, hours and more info.
New Year’s Eve at Social
Don’t miss this Black and White Affair featuring Kap Slap. Tickets available online!
SEARCH FREE TIMES
Holiday Wish ListWhere to shop for gift ideas in Columbia this season:
U.S. Security Associates
Now hiring immediately for armed and unarmed security officers. WE TRAIN YOU! Columbia & surrounding areas. ussecurityassociates.com
F/T and P/T avail. Must have a clean driving record, organized and have a prof appearance. Please call for an interview or email resume to Kerry@crystalpool.com. Must bring a copy of your Driving record and a list of all past employers with duration of employment listed as well as telephone numbers for references. Call 803-865-1200
WE’LL HELP YOU CREATE YOUR WISHLIST FOR YOUR NEW HOME! Choose from 11 communities & over 30 home designs. Personalize your home at our Selections Gallery. Our Customer Service Team gives you peace of mind in your new home. Got land? We can build Your Home Your Way on Your Land. 803-917-5583 3300. Sunset Blvd. West Columbia 29169 Click here for more info
SC HousingFinancing Housing. Building SC. To find out if you qualify or for more information visit schousing.com
The Lake Carolina new home community has it all! 1 YMCA, 3 pools, 10 parks, 20+ community events each year, and much more! Learn more. www.lakecarolina.com