Monday, April 2, 2018

RIP Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

In classic misogynoir fashion, Nelson Mandela got pretty much all of the credit for ending apartheid and his former wife, Winnie, is practically unknown in the U.S. Our history books ignore her. But she was more than Nelson Mandela's wife. She was a hardcore activist, incredible badass, and brilliant leader. Our world is lesser without her.

This is a decent article on her, as far as I can tell:

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela: Anti-apartheid campaigner dies at 81

To many, she was the pride and joy of the nation, an icon in her own right - never mind the fact she was Nelson Mandela's wife. 
Mrs Madikizela-Mandela was also the first black social worker in the country. Her love and desire to help those in need was always burning from deep inside. 
But she was not nothing but sweet talk. She met the brutality of racial segregation with fire. Each time the police came to arrest her at her home in Orlando West, she held her own.

Also in classic white supremacist style, Winnie was demonized for being willing to use violence in self-defense. She was not a figure that can be used to demand that other black people around the world never fight back in a way that's effective or inconvenient for us white people.

Last year, Netflix released a documentary about this amazing woman called "Winnie." I highly recommend it.

Rest in power, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

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