Obama’s Funeral Speech An Indictment Of Himself And American Hypocrisy


I find digesting Obama speech that it was more an indictment of himself. As with all Obama speeches, you can’t fault their delivery. He could read a grocery list and you would sit there hypnotised with the reading but content wise, there is not much to it but a list of items. Although parallels have been drawn by the media between Mandela and Obama, his speech today was most telling. Apart from being the first two black presidents of their respective countries, there is little else to compare. If you want to compare popularity, let me remind you, Barabas was more popular than Jesus and the people buried the Messiah because he was a revolutionary; Barabas was a thief and blood sucker of the poor and a menace to society.

Obama started  off building the portrait of Mandela and the difficulty such a task as he stated, “How much harder to do so for a giant of history, who moved a nation toward justice, and in the process moved billions around the world.” Obama despite his popularity and his initial promises to close down Guantanamo Bay and cut down on military activity has betrayed every promise he made and he has not moved America towards justice. Need I mention the abuse at Abu Ghraib prison? He has proved to be more trigger happy than the cowboy George Bush. Obama’s drone strikes have also shown how he violates the human rights of women and children and has no respect for their right to life as they have often being the target of his strikes. But for Americans, these vulnerable people are just collateral damage. They are not human beings with rights.

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America continues to be a war monger and aggressor bullying weaker states and violating the human rights of the citizens of those countries. Mandela himself remarked, “If you look at those matters, you will come to the conclusion that the attitude of the United States of America is a threat to world peace.” I am not sure whose decision it was to headline Obama but it seems to go against the ideals of the old man. Not one African nation that supported Apartheid was given a chance to speak. But those who strongly opposed Apartheid or paid lip service were given room to wax lyrical and lie about how Mandela inspired them. Yawn! Mandela’s funeral lost all its dignity as it became obvious that this was a corporate affair with freemasons, illuminati and Bildersberg representatives in tow.

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Celebrities and others who were like ticks preying on the political and social capital of Mandela made an appearance to milk what they could out of his funeral. Even the ANC used the opportunity to gain political capital before the elections in a few months time but the crowd jeered poor Zuma reminding him that he and his ANC are not as popular as they thought. The crestfallen look on his face registered the crowds’ disapproval of his policies.

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Obama continued threading Americans into his narrative, pushing the United Snakes of America’s agenda. First was Dr King. Funny though King preached integration and love but the Americans killed him because it wasn’t on their own terms. Barrack said, ‘Like King, he [Mandela] would give potent voice to the claims of the oppressed, and the moral necessity of racial justice.” What racial justice did King achieve? King was talking about sharing hamburger stands and toilets’ he wasn’t addressing economical oppression or talking about reparations for what Black Americans contributed to building the American economy for 400 years. What racial justice did Mandela achieve? Blacks in America and South Africa are still suffering from both racism and institutionalised racism.

Obama continued harping on about American racists and insisted “like Lincoln – hold his country together when it threatened to break apart.” It is a lie and there is no evidence South Africa was going to break up. Anyway, what did Lincoln do for the blacks? Abraham Lincoln didn’t believe in racial equality. Those who are well acquainted with history will be well aware that Lincoln was engineering a plan to ship African Americans to Africa at the same time he was penning the Emancipation Proclamation. Even after signing the Emancipation Proclamation, the blacks didn’t get a single cent for all the centuries that they had laboured for four hundred years in slavery and all that they suffered. Like Mandela, blacks remained stuck in their miserable condition without any compensation or justice after they were “free”.

Obama went on to state: “Like America’s founding fathers, he would erect a constitutional order to preserve freedom for future generations – a commitment to democracy and rule of law ratified not only by his election, but by his willingness to step down from power.” What freedom do the African Americans oppressed by institutional racism have? Mandela himself said it better than anyone else: “If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don’t care for human beings.” The constitution is meaningless. It can be ratified at will and rights taken away when they please. Bush put that constitution in perspective, “I don’t give a goddamn,” Bush retorted. “I’m the President and the Commander-in-Chief. Do it my way.” The Patriot Act enacted by Bush violates the rights of every American constitution. So, the American constitution is just as good as toilet paper. It belongs in the toilet.

Obama went on to overplay the reconciliation card and said, “There are too many of us who happily embrace Madiba’s legacy of racial reconciliation, but passionately resist even modest reforms that would challenge chronic poverty and growing inequality.” That sounds like he is talking about himself and America and a lot of his allies. The simple fact is that racial reconciliation has been adapted by numerous African leaders like Nyerere, Banda, Kaunda, Mugabe, Kenyatta and the list is endless. Mandela is not the first black president to talk about reconciliation. He follows in the footsteps of others before him. However, the truth is that despite reconciliation, no African has ever gained economically or got justice from reconciliation. It is meaningless to talk about reconciliation where there is no socio-economic justice or reparations. A tiny settler minority, a tiny political elite, the United Snakes of America and the UK have been the biggest benefactors of the policies of reconciliation. This partly accounts for the West’s reverence of Mandela. He was the Joker in their pack and they milked that card to get away with murder.

Not even one of the members of the judiciary or the numerous companies like Nedbank, BMW, Siemens, Mercedes Benz and other state institutions ever faced a Nuremburg or the Truth and Reconciliation Charade. Mandela stated hours after release that it was inconceivable that he would betray the Freedom Charter of the ANC but at the crucial moment, he betrayed the peoples’ revolution as did many other presidents before him. In hindsight, Mandela was no better than all other African and leaders like Obama who come into power and do little or nothing to change the miserable conditions of their own people. They are all black tokens and puppets representing white interests and not the genuine socio-economic and political aspirations of their own people. The Mandela and Obama fans won’t like hearing the truth but someone has to say it. As Public Enemy once said, “Don’t Believe the Hype”.

About the only true thing Obama spoke today was when he said, “And while I will always fall short of Madiba’s example, he makes me want to be better.” However, we don’t expect Obama to follow his words “We, too, must act on behalf of justice. We, too, must act on behalf of peace.” That is simply empty rhetoric and play lip service to a gallery of ignorant Africans who will clap for anything even if they don’t understand what the subtext means or what Obama stands for. He is about promoting himself and doesn’t understand propriety.

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He told us “South Africa shows us we can change. We can choose to live in a world defined not by our differences, but by our common hopes. We can choose a world defined not by conflict, but by peace and justice and opportunity.” There isn’t really any change in South Africa. What hope is there for those living in the shanty towns? They didn’t choose to live there or their miserable condition. Choice is a privilege that not everyone has access to. What opportunities do the 60% unemployed in the ghettoes of South Africa have? What justice do the poor have? Where is the justice for those miners shot by police acting as the security arm of imperial property?

Mandela himself said, “While poverty persists, there is no freedom”. Nothing has really changed and Obama’s speech was hollow and as bleak as the weather. What really has changed in South Africa? The old Afrikaner National Party has simply morphed into the African National Congress. Even De Klerk is a member of the ANC and he made his appearance today. The old Afrikaners are still in power and wearing a black face. The whites in South Africa can now travel the world without the stigma of Apartheid South Africa and a few elites connected to the ANC got a few more crumbs from the Afrikaner Broderbonds table. Did you see how fat Cyril Ramphosa is from devouring those crumbs by fronting as the black face for white businesses?

From Obama’s speech, one thing remains obvious. Social and economic justice is not on the platter for Africans. Steve Biko summed it best “Black Man you are on your own”. How potent those words are today. 

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11 responses to “Obama’s Funeral Speech An Indictment Of Himself And American Hypocrisy

  1. Igbinosa Jeff Erhabor

    Well said, but you must know that “no one man changes everything in the world”. Mandela contributed greatly to humanity (human beings irregardless of race). He boldly associated greatly with leaders who the west “hated”, he was a man of “balance”. That is true politics: No man wins all, and no man looses all. In my opinion, beyond that is “extremism”

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    • No one man can change the world is very true. But one man can raise the conscious of the world as Mandela did. Martin Luther King Jnr. and others has to some extent had a voice heard by many on all four corners of the globe. I can say if a man has a voice then he must speak for those who don’t have a voice and continue to push for more change. We must never be too comfortable with the few concessions the system makes but we must continually push for more. No man my win all but by constantly pushing the boundaries we can achieve more or what we deserve. Life is continually about renegotiating for better conditions. Throughout history, when these demands have not been met men have fought for them. These the various struggles Karl Marx was observing in Marxism. The American Revolution came America to crow about. The African Revolution has to give Africans something to crow about too. Why should Africans except anything less than Americans?

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  2. My dear friend! How harsh, how naive can you be. It is difficult to disagree with you on some of poignant points you make about the leaders you mention here however did it occur to you that change is possibly the most difficult things to achieve? Social change or economic change as improvement is not similar nor is it comparable in any shape of form to changes you might make on your Facebook page for others to see. You must be perfect and flawless to the extent that I am tempted to worship God tonight and ask him to let you rule the World as you fit. A prominent Human rights once told me ” The issue with America, is its size, when it fails , it fails big, when it succeeds, it does it big and it also valid when it comes to Human rights”. How many of us in America and in Africa are poor and denied our Human rights? uncountable perhaps, but has the economic condition improved a jot? yes of course , nothing genuinely good has been done in this world without pains. Far from championing and eulogizing Obama and Ramaphosa, I would urge you to look again and ask yourself, is leading people easy?

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    • Thank you My dear friend for your honest response. How naive can I be? That is a rhetorical question. It is a perspective that borders on subjectivity. I don’t believe there is an objective standard.

      Change is the most difficult thing to undertake but it is not impossible where genuine political will and committed individuals are involved. Change is impossible today because there is resistance to change from those who enjoy a lot of privileges in society or those who have most to gain from the status quo. Those who have nothing to benefit from the status quo see that change is possible. So, your ability to see change depends where on that continuum you sit.

      Social or economic change is very possible and there is nothing impossible about it. What man has created man can undo it. Social or economic structures were created by men; therefore, it is man’s moral duty to redress unjust changes to secure the dream of everlasting peace. We don’t have to be flawless and perfect to carry out fundamental change. For example, the late Captain Thomas Sankara carried out social and economical change to transform Burkina Faso from a poor and oppressed people to a people who had access to the means of production and a self sufficient nation within four years. Sankara was far from perfect or flawless. He was a man with a strong moral and ethical conviction, a political ideology, love for the people, common sense and the political will to carry out his promises. If more politicians delivered their promises, the world would be a lot better.

      I don’t agree with your views on American failure. America’s greatest failings are its double standards and failure to observe the human rights of its own citizens and citizens of other people in the world. They preach on the global stage about tyrants who deny their citizens rights but at the same time deny Snowden and Manning access to their rights. How about the rights of children like Trayvon Martin denied his right to live and denied justice by a justice system that has denied blacks the same human rights as others for centuries; especially, when it comes to sentencing them. What can we say about the Cointelpro programme to infiltrate, demonise and destroy black organisations fighting for their human rights?

      It is our duty wherever we are in the world to stand out and speak against injustice no matter who is doing it. That is the other problem with America. It denies other people justice and exacts justice on other nations punitively without justification because they have the military might to crush anyone who refuses to play by their rules instead of respecting other peoples rights and will to be who they want to be. Maybe, these are the lessons Obama should be taking from Mandela and teaching them to his own people. Let’s not forget that it was this same America that actually helped the Apartheid police to jail Mandela but as usual they won’t expose their dirty laundry in public.

      My brother, I agree with you. Leading people is not easy. However, once you have chosen to be a leader, then you have set yourself a difficult path to walk; it is a narrow road. It is not a journey one makes with half commitment but it requires a lot of moral and ethical discipline and vision. It calls for sacrifice and the will to serve our people. Today, we have leaders who are not serving the genuine aspirations of our people but their ulterior motives and their pockets. A tiny elite holds nations to hostage and enjoy all the resources. There is enough for all of use to live better lives but the unequal distribution of resources is the problem with those who fight to control everything using their might. How do we sit together and tell ourselves everything is okay when we see leaders freeloading our resources and we die of thirst while they suction off the water in the puddle we are standing in? We must protect our own interests because everyone else is. No in going to do it for us if we don’t do it for ourselves. It is our duty like Mandela, Machel, Sankara, Nkrumah, Bob Marley, Malcolm X and the likes to raise the level of consciousness and awareness of the people to see the real situation and hold the leaders accountable and demand justice and equal rights.

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  3. Anna

    I just realized my error! I’ve really enjoyed reading your posts! Thank you!

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    • Anna, thanks for the positive feedback. I am happy you enjoyed reading my blogs. I hope you will continue to read and be equally rewarded as I was when I wrote them. It is a pleasure to be able to provide content that you appreciate. I wish you all the best.

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  4. nontozita007@gmail.com

    WOW, well written…thank you for such insight one needs to go back and read our history, we all forget that the most affected people here are normal citizens, we are deeply moved by the passing of the father of the nation, I find it really hard to connect though, it is a world stage indeed full of great performers, never the less Mandela did his part now its up to me and you…lets not believe the hype.

    I love this, I stand by it… ” Social or economic change is very possible and there is nothing impossible about it. What man has created man can undo it. Social or economic structures were created by men; therefore, it is man’s moral duty to redress unjust changes to secure the dream of everlasting peace”

    Nonto, Johannesburg, South Africa.

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    • It is a pleasure Nonto to be able to provide some insight. Thank you very much for the encouraging and positive feedback.

      I totally agree with you, we have to pick where Mandela left off. The struggle didn’t end with Apartheid because it didn’t die. We must not forget that Apartheid was not just a racist system but it was an economic system supported by countries like the UK, US and others. This system is still operating within our continent today and is the reason why so many of our people are still stuck in poverty and at the bottom rung of the ladder.

      In the words of Steve Biko, “Any form of political freedom which does not touch on the proper distribution of wealth will be meaningless.” We must continue to struggle and address the proper distribution of wealth, struggle against lack of education, running water, unemployment, tribalism, you name it.

      Thanks for taking the time to read. I hope you will continue to read and tell your friends. Bless you.

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  5. Fatima

    Good stuff man,reality is tough on some n good for most if it materialises,we stuck with so many greedy n despotic leaders that its frightening,nothing to do with religion but a personality default! life is such a Devine gift n yet its given very little value,how are we to answer when Devine justice in my opinion is the only compensation! Thanks bro,AK Mahomed

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    • Thank you very much AK Mahomed for the positive feedback. We have a tough time dealing with leaders who are not representing the genuine aspirations of the people. Personally, I think leaders don’t buy into the divine stuff and think they are ordained by God to do what they do. It is unfortunate they don’t respect life the way we do. Divine justice is only one answer, the ultimate answer in fact. I beieve the time will come when the leaders will pay for the way they treat the people. Who knows when their time will come. Gaddafi, Saddam Hussein, etc. never thought they would see the day when the people and other nations they conspired with would turn on them. Sometimes, the chickens come home to roost sooner than they expect. Look where Charles Taylor is today. He never saw that coming. The very CIA he served worked to put him in prison and sold him out. The government he worked so much to please turned him off when they were done with his services. Justice sometimes works in ways which are beyond our mortal understanding.

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