When Mandela came to power, about 80 percent of the population was black (nearly 90 percent if you add the “coloreds” to the “Africans”). He did not advocate vengeance or violence against the ten percent of his countrymen who were white (or the two percent who were Jewish).
His eschewing revenge in this context was truly heroic – almost biblical – by the standards of history.
Rabbi Aaron I. Reichel, Esq.
Editor’s Note: The writer is the author of The Maverick Rabbi, about Rabbi Herbert S. Goldstein, who opposed discrimination before it became politically correct to do so.
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