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Looking at 2013, through real eyes

We wish to convey to all of our readers and the staff at the Spokesman Recorder all the best for a bright future. Our last column of 2013 ended with “We just celebrated the life of Nelson Mandela, a man who proved a Black man can be a success as president of a country with both Blacks and Whites.”

In this first column of 2014, we celebrate another Black man, Barack Obama, who has moved beyond proving that a Black man can be a success as president of a country with both Blacks and Whites; he proves that a Black man can be president of the most powerful country in history. Although some say President Barack Obama is a lame duck president, a failure with no legacy, we disagree. “Lame duck” is shorthand by ivory tower public policy academics who don’t get out from behind their lecterns but still think they should be in charge. For example, President Obama has succeeded with health care where all, beginning with Teddy Roosevelt, failed (Ted Kennedy and Jimmy Carter each wrote in their last books that Ted, for his own purposes killed health care under both Nixon and Carter). Continue Reading →

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Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom

Movie captures the evils of apartheid South Africa

Movie Review

By Raymond Jackson

Contributing Writer

“I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, only one finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibility, and I dare not linger, for my walk is not ended.” — Nelson Mandela

Born July 18, 1918, Nelson Mandela died December 5, 2013 just as the movie reviews were being released of the story of this great icon: MANDELA: Long Walk to Freedom. Continue Reading →

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The Mandela paradox


The passing of Nelson Mandela left many of us with a paradox. The heads of U.S. and European imperialism praise him. The very same governments that helped prop up Apartheid. Oh yes they indeed did, just check the records of how many corporations from those countries did business with apartheid South Africa even after it was revealed the day-to-day reality of the former racist, murderous and disenfranchising regime. The U.S. went as far as to use its CIA to help capture Mandela. Continue Reading →

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Minneapolis NAACP on the move?


Congratulations to the Rev. Jerry McAfee, newly elected president of the Minneapolis branch of the NAACP, and to the new board members. This is an auspicious time. We just celebrated the life of Nelson Mandela, a man who proved a Black man can be a success as president of a country with both Blacks and Whites. Along with Archbishop Tutu’s “ubuntu,” he demonstrated that “truth” and “reconciliation” are more than slogans: they are action paths to unity. Minneapolis needs unity and reconciliation within the Black community and between White and Black people and institutions. Continue Reading →

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This Week’s Entertainment Spotlights






Fight the Freeze

With DJ Abilities, Carnage, Duenday, Cannaholics, Niles Miller, and King Fuvi. • Fri., Dec. 27, Doors open at 8 pm; music starts at 8:30 pm • Midwest artists unite to fight poverty and hunger — food and clothing donations will be accepted at the door. • Fine Line Music Café, 318 First Ave. N., Minneapolis • Call 612-338-8100 or go to






Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Various theaters

Based on South African President Nelson Mandela’s autobiography of the same name, which chronicles his early life, coming of age, education and 27 years in prison before becoming president and working to rebuild the country’s once-segregated society. Featuring Idris Elba. Continue Reading →

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The long walk to freedom ends

By Farai Diza

The AfricaPaper

Contributing Writer


QUNU, SOUTH AFRICA — Former South African president Nelson Mandela was finally laid to rest in his rural home of Qunu on Sunday at a high-profile funeral that attracted dignitaries from all corners of the globe who included his Royal Highness Prince Charles, Jesse Jackson, Hollywood celebrity Idriss Elba, Business magnate Richard Branson, Malawian president Joyce Banda, and famed U.S. talk show hostess Oprah Winfrey. Four thousand local and international journalists were accredited to cover the class-one funeral that is the highest honor in South Africa, and it was broadcast in over 100 countries. Mandela passed away a week ago at his Houghton home in Johannesburg after a long fight with a recurring lung infection, and his funeral was unarguably the biggest state funeral in world history. Mandela’s influence in Africa goes far beyond the borders of South Africa, and he is regarded across the continent as the father of democracy. Mandela stopped racism, apartheid and other controversies between the Whites and Blacks. Continue Reading →

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Nelson Mandela symbolizes the essence of a human rights fighter








By Luke Tripp

Contributing Writer


Nelson Mandela is an authentic historical hero of the highest order. One irony is that his oppressive racist enemies, who now hypocritically praise him at the time of his death, validate his hero status as a champion of human rights. Leading the hypocrisy parade is the government of the United States. The U.S. officially considered Mandela a terrorist and kept his name on the U.S. terrorism watch list until 2008. Many living members of the ANC are still on the United States terrorists list. Continue Reading →

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Nelson Mandela was both Malcolm and Martin

Nelson Mandela, the icon who led the emancipation of South Africa from White minority rule and became South Africa’s first Black president, was both Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. He was an emblem of dignity and abstention. Imagine being jailed for 27 years, being humiliated and treated like dirt, and having your friends murdered systematically. Yet his incredible sense of purpose and strength is a lesson for a lifetime. I remember years ago meeting a man in flight who is not Black and has since become a friend. He was born in South Africa, finished school, and voted for Mandela for president. Continue Reading →

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An African Election: a look at Ghana’s 2008 presidential election

 Producers hope to inspire U.S. Blacks to get out to vote 


By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


Both political parties are doing almost anything to win this national election. Not the upcoming U.S. presidential election but An African Election, a film by Jarreth Mertz that shows a behind-the-scenes look at the days leading up to the 2008 presidential elections in Ghana. The documentary premiered October 1 on PBS World (which is not available locally) and will be shown on all public television stations nationwide on Wednesday, October 3 (check local listings), but viewers can see the documentary online for up to two weeks after it premiers at Mertz’s film shows the people of Ghana wrestling with who to choose as their next president. He expertly captured both candidates and their speeches around the country, while their campaign operatives feverishly worked in their attempts to convince the voters that their party has all the answers. Continue Reading →

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