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White senator blasted for paying tribute to Nelson Mandela on Facebook

ted-cruzA white Tea Party senator was ripped by his constituents and others for having the nerve to pay homage to the legacy of Nelson Mandela.

Sen Ted. Cruz (R-Texas) wrote this message on Facebook that incited the herd of right-wing racists to storm his page:

“Nelson Mandela will live in history as an inspiration for defenders of liberty around the globe. He stood firm for decades on the principle that until all South Africans enjoyed equal liberties he would not leave prison himself, declaring in his autobiography, ‘Freedom is indivisible; the chains on any one of my people were the chains on all of them, the chains on all of my people were the chains on me.’ Because of his epic fight against injustice, an entire nation is now free. We mourn his loss and offer our condolences to his family and the people of South Africa.”

“Let’s not forget that Mandela called Castro’s Communist revolution ‘a source of inspiration to all freedom-loving people,’” said Mike Bates.

Another FB user, Derek Crawford wrote, “stunned to see you support this scumbag, Mr. Cruz…Mandela was a murderer and a terrorist..not to mention a communist.”

A third person wrote: “Go home Ted your drunk. He was a communist terrorist who targeted people for no other reason than being white [sic],” another commenter Shane Spade wrote.

And the purity test that requires Tea Partiers to reject any praise for Mandela isn’t limited to communism or the implication that he is a racist because he fought against white supremacy.  Another commenter found a way to connect Mandela’s political crimes to his support for women’s reproductive freedom.

“He was also a huge supporter of abortion! Don’t put him too high up! Careful Mr. Cruz,” Paula McGlothin wrote.

Another anti-choice conservative, Debbie Metts, wrote, “I see that the convicted terrorist and abortion-lover Mandela has finally met the Maker whom he never acknowledged as far as I know,” complete with a link to her friends ranting wing nutty blog post about the alleged “crimes” of Mandela.

Matt Helm actually said that South Africa was better off before Mandela was president.  “Yeah…not with you on this one, Ted. Might want to reign in the warm and fuzzy interns posting on your page on your behalf, Mandela was not a hero and South Africa is NOT better off because of his work,” he wrote.

Cruz’s supporters seem the most disappointed in the senator’s need to appear politically correct.

Carolyn Dodd wrote, “Tell the truth Ted!!! Who are you??!! Obama?? Don’t rewrite history to try to get people to like you!!! Educate them!! Mandela was a murderer, terrorist, and a Communist!!!! Can we even trust you to be honest now ??!!”

From another anti-Mandela person: “Mandela wasn’t worth the loss of a single tear. This is a time for celebration. He’s just lucky he never got justice handed to him for the cruelty he and his government inflicted on people,” Benjamin Broda wrote.  Another commenter Joe Dowda wrote, “Come on Ted. Mandela was a thug, mass murder, and a terrorist, and you stand there and shout accolades, gimme a break!”

This is from Taylor Hartmann: “Well I’m sorry I voted for you Cruz. Really disappointed in [c]onservatives tonight for they’re [sic] ignorance about him. I didn’t realize we conservatives glorified racist, Marxist, terrorists but I guess all you politicians are the same.”


  1. Arthur McDonald on December 16, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Wow…so much for standing behind your politicians…look, Mandela may have done some messed up things, I cannot confirm or deny that. However, one has to remember that when the occupying force is doing nothing but inflicting brutality and separatism in YOUR OWN LAND, for hundreds of years, one cannot expect the oppressed to take the punishment forever. If you keep poking at a hungry lion, don’t you think he’ll eventually bite? Yes, he will. That lion was and is the people.
    Some may wonder why we in the US may not have done some of the same things to the scale that Mandela’s party did in his younger years. Although racism here was pretty bad and in your face at one time, we still have laws and ideals that are taught that always contradicted the racist actions of many. But in somewhere like South Africa, they did not feel the need to lie to the natives about their racism, it was very out in the open and overt. Not to mention, the Indians where also getting a tough time there, until Gandhi (and I know I’m gonna get some backlash from this) came with some separatist, and kind of racist ideas of his own, to preserve his people (understandable) from the harsh treatment towards people of color, including the Indians. He obviously knew that there was a specific target of hatred: the native Africans.
    Now, not all whites in South Africa shared the same ideas as their political counterparts, but what can a few here and there do when they see what happens to those that oppose oppression? So, the oppressed HAD to stand up, and fight. And many lives were lost on both sides, innocent ones…but Mandela’s struggle and story INSPIRED people to do the right thing, it wasn’t just him alone.

    • granni 72 on December 16, 2013 at 12:52 pm

      We as blacks know now how these whites who wrote those remark your lives are in danger white wings ready to get us. If you notice none of those in Washington senate said nothing about the passing of Mandela that wished it was Obama, especially speaker of the house all them are racist.

      • Arthur McDonald on December 16, 2013 at 1:05 pm

        welcome to America, I guess…well, the world actually….and it sucks, because I know that not all white S. Africans are like that, but the word of the few in the “majority” group affects the view of many on the outside looking in, about how the rest of that group is viewed. For example, if every time I went to a new city, a white man jumped me or robbed me, or was verbally abusive to me, how could I really trust ANY white person? And that’s just an example…the same would be true if the culprits were black….but otherwise innocent whites would still “look” like the enemy to me then, even though they may be completely innocent. That’s why Mandela’s party was kinda brutal at one point in time, because they felt that they couldn’t trust these people who were the “face” of their oppressors…it sucks all the way around, but at least we know the good that Mandela did and the people he inspired.

  2. steve on December 21, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Mandela was a terrorist, that’s why he was thrown in jail. He was the man that militarised the ANC and began a campaign of car bombings, shootings and burnings all over South Africa. He was not a saint in the slightest and to top it all off, Mandela was a white hating racist and Sen Ted. Cruz is doing what every other career politician across the world has done, praising Mandela so he can win minority approval. Without a shred of racism in my soul, I can appreciate and understand why these tea partyers are angry .