Saturday, December 7, 2013

US support for Apartheid: Inconvenient truth edition

After word came of Nelson Mandela's death, he has been eulogized by voices the world over. But right-wingers in the US did not always sing his praises. Ta-Nehisi Coates retrieves some history from the memory hole. The right wing foundation, the International Freedom Foundation, was actually a front for intelligence gathering and propaganda for the apartheid South African regime.There were other American conservative pro-apartheid cheerleaders as well:
[William]  Buckley's racket as an American paid propagandist for white supremacy would be repeated over the years in conservative circles. As Sam Kleiner demonstrates in Foreign Policy, apartheid would ultimately draw some of America's most celebrated conservatives into its orbit. The roster includes Grover Norquist, Jack Abramoff, Jesse Helms, and Senator Jeff Flake. Jerry Falwell denounced Desmond Tutu as a "phony" and led a "reinvestment" campaign during the 1980s. At the late hour of 1993, Pat Robertson opined, "I know we don't like apartheid, but the blacks in South Africa, in Soweto, don't have it all that bad."
Think Progress offers an illuminating time-line of US right wing pro-apartheid support. 

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