Let us bury (the whitewashed) Mandela. Long live the real Mandela!

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Young Mandela, at time of his imprisonment

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Young Mandela, at time of his imprisonment

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I am also concerned that we are doing the same thing to Madiba that we have done to Malcolm X, and to a lesser extent, to Martin Luther King: whitewashing their radical prophetic legacy into nonthreatening champions of “reconciliation.”