Sunday, June 22, 2008

Words For Warfare

"I am a living symbol of the white man's fear." - Winnie Mandela

11 comments:

blackwomenblowthetrumpet.blogspot.com June 22, 2008 at 3:56 AM  

Hello Professor Tracey,

This quote is so powerful.

I can not tell you how much Winnie Mandela has moved me in so many deep places.

Thanks for honoring her.

Peace, blessings and DUNAMIS!
Lisa

faith June 22, 2008 at 4:23 AM  

Am I wrong to think Winnie Mandela got a bum rap?

wisdomteachesme June 22, 2008 at 11:23 AM  

hhummmmmm
yes, good quote.....but.....didn't she do a lot out of pride and greed maybe???

not that we can't forgive her...but what is her motive now?

i know we all make mistakes the the Lord Knows i've made my share of them and i am not protected from making more...

i just pray she is living with the correct motives now...not the power/money movement assoc. with greed. fear makes a person do things that faith keeps your protected from.

she is a powerful woman in many rights....

Professor Tracey June 22, 2008 at 11:40 AM  

I'm not sure exactly what happened with Winnie Mandela. Not many folks asked the right questions. She got painted as a bad person so quickly there was little to change it.

I don't think she was innocent, but this was a woman under threat and under siege for many years and then she suddenly expected to do a 360 degree turn and trust everyone around her. That could not have been easy.

And I was always disturbed that Nelson Mandela thought that after so many years apart that they would pick up their marriage where it left off. They needed counseling or a serious understanding, but he wanted to run South Africa first.

Winnie Mandela paid a terrible price for being married to Nelson Mandela and I don't think she ever got much in the deal. Like the wives of MLK, Malcolm X, and Medgar Evers, she kept that man's name alive and then got tossed away in the end.

blackwomenblowthetrumpet.blogspot.com June 22, 2008 at 4:30 PM  

Professor Tracey,

I absolutely think you have surmised correctly... there was a CONCERTED effort to slander Winnie Mandela and to magnify any of her errors in order to diminish the influence that she could have/would have on the women of her nation.

The problem I have with so many of our people is that they BELIEVE that everything that is reported in the media is fact...they believe that the "evidence" the media claims to have gathered is REAL evidence. In doing so, we play into the hands that seek to change our support of major black public figures in our entire lifetimes.

I also agree that Nelson was living in a bubble to think that a marriage that had existed only in mutual thought for decades could be successful upon his release without ongoing counseling... he returned to an entirely different woman in some respects...the battle had changed his wife and she could not go back to being the exact same person he had left behind.

Peace, blessings and DUNAMIS!
Lisa

quarter-life-crisis June 22, 2008 at 7:20 PM  

I thought about you and here is a great book:

African American Quotations
-Richard Newman

Professor Tracey June 22, 2008 at 8:46 PM  

@Quarter-Life-Crisis -

Thanks for the book idea. I will work on getting it added to my collection.

wisdomteachesme June 22, 2008 at 9:23 PM  

well put prof, well put.

i agree with your points esp the last section.

focusedpurpose June 23, 2008 at 1:50 AM  

i love Winnie Manela! i really don't care what anyone else says negative about her.

i don't understand why Nelson Mandela is hailed as this big hero considering that he has steadfastly refused to redistribute the wealth of his nation. for all intents and purposes there is no point to his presidency, the conditions his people must labor under are just as bad if not worse than they were prior to his leaving jail and becoming the president; which in and of itself is suspect.

again, i love Winnie Mandela and quite frankly think that she would make a better president than Nelson. i for one don't expect the powers that be to ever tell the truth about anything.

thanks for listening.

blessings,
focusedpurpose

Sheryl June 23, 2008 at 6:55 PM  

Mandela was simply practicing self preservation. If he had taken away resources from the wealthy White S. African, he would have been painted as a Mugabe.

Even though what we had was stolen from us, we have to play fair to even be given the opportunity to earn it back. I know how or when we'll ever get out of this.

focusedpurpose June 24, 2008 at 6:28 AM  

hi there-

Sheryl said:

"Mandela was simply practicing self preservation."

i agree. emphasis on "self".

blessings,
focusedpurpose

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