Friday, December 6, 2013

Nelson Mandela death: Examining the backlash

(CNN) -- Within minutes of the news of his death, the backlash started.
In the comments section of his obituary, on Twitter feeds, in blog posts.

Nelson Mandela shouldn't be revered as a civil rights icon, the statements screamed: He should be exposed for what he is: A communist. A terrorist. A racist.

To be sure, Mandela can't be neatly grouped with Mahatma Gandhi or Martin Luther King, Jr. Unlike them, he wasn't always the pacifist he was known for in his later life.

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