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POEM: I AM PREPARED TO DIE (MANDELA TREASON TRIAL STATEMENT "POETIZED" BY LEE BOB BLACK)

December 06, 2013 | UhuruSpirit

Nelson Mandela



I am the First Accused

the question of violence

I planned sabotage

I did not plan it in a spirit of
recklessness
nor because I have any
love
of violence

a calm and sober assessment of the
political situation

years of tyranny, exploitation, and oppression of my people


violence by the African people had
become inevitable

without violence there would be no way
to succeed
against
white supremacy


We chose to defy the law

to answer violence with violence

South Africa belongs to all
people

In the words of my leader:
"What have been the fruits of
moderation?

No self-respecting White political
organization
would disband
itself if declared illegal by a
government in which it had no say

It would be unrealistic
to continue preaching peace and
non-violence
when the Government met our peaceful
demands with force

Manifesto of Umkhonto "The time comes in the life of any
nation
where there are only two choices--
submit or fight.
That time has now come to South Africa.
We have no choice but to hit back
by all means in our power
in defense of
our people
our future and
our freedom"


the ANC would no longer disapprove of properly
controlled violence

when we decided to adopt violence
we realized that we might one day
face the prospect of
war

Four forms of violence:
sabotage
guerrilla warfare
terrorism
open revolution


compelling
voters
to reconsider their position

attacks
on the economic life-lines of the
country
on Government buildings
and
symbols of apartheid

a source of inspiration to our people

strict instructions
that on no account were they to injure
or kill people

and people began to speculate on how
soon freedom would be obtained

we must succeed, but at what cost to
ourselves and the rest of the country?

African Nationalism
is not
expressed in the cry, Drive the White
man into the sea
African Nationalism
is
the concept of freedom and fulfillment
for the African people

rebellion would offer the Government
limitless opportunities
for the indiscriminate slaughter of our people

I started to
study of the art of war and revolution

Clausewitz
Mao Tse Tung
Che Guevara
white supremacy implies black
inferiority

they do not realize that they
have emotions--that they fall in love
like white people do

we want equal political rights
I know this sounds revolutionary
This makes the white man fear democracy

I have fought
against white domination
and
against black domination

a democratic and free society
an ideal which I hope to live for and
to achieve
an ideal for which I am prepared to die

Text by Nelson Mandela.
"Poetized" by Lee Bob Black.



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