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Mandela and Reagan

Michael I. Niman Ph.D., Buffalo State College


You can’t celebrate both lives In death, love and adoration for Nelson Mandela seems universal. Even the repugnant Bill O’Reilly broadcast a backhanded compliment on the day Mandela died, calling him “a communist,” but in the same breath going on to say, “But he was a great man. What he did for his people was stunning.” O’Reilly, apparently conflicted, repeated himself. “He was a great man, but he was a communist.” Mandela, of course, wasn’t a communist, and he certainly didn’t rule South Africa as a communist. But I’ve got to say, O’Reilly’s baseless assertion was the best ad I’ve ever heard for communism. More importantly, even the arguably unrepentant racist Bill O’Reilly intuitively recognized Mandela’s greatness and his important place in the history of freedom fighters.

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Michael I. Niman Ph.D.. "Mandela and Reagan" ArtVoice Dec. 2013.