Mainstream media commemorations of Nelson Mandela’s life often falsify
that he stood for nonviolent resistance.
Mandela was right: nonviolence is not the only ethical way to resist
oppression. Those oppressed with violence are entitled to fight back
with violence. Of course, the founding fathers of the United States
said the same thing about resistance to British oppression.
explains the ANC’s motives for adopting first sabotage, then
Chief among them was that the state’s crackdown on dissent had closed
off the possibility of nonviolent resistance.