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When America stands on the wrong side of history

Robert Niles
Published: December 6, 2013 at 10:13 AM (MST)
Nelson MandelaI'm disappointed that much of the coverage of Nelson Mandela's life fails to note that throughout his imprisonment, the United States supported his captors. In fact, the United States government went so far as to label Mandela and his group (the African National Congress) as terrorists. The United States did not remove Mandela from its terrorist watch list until 2008.

This is not to discredit Mandela, whom history has vindicated as one of the greatest human beings of all time. But it should remind us that United States, its government, and its business leaders, sometimes stand on the wrong side of history. Good Americans shouldn't deny that. We should accept it, acknowledge it, and atone for it by no longer listening the voices of bigotry, greed, and selfishness that prod us toward that wrong side of history.

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