Statement from U.S. Political Prisoners to Nelson Mandela (1990)

1990-2010, Authority, Black, Date, Defining the Enemy, Disruptive Spaces, Institutions, Subjectives of Refusal, Subjects Redefined, White Supremacy

On June 21, 1990, U.S. political prisoners sent a statement to Nelson Mandela, who, at the time, was the Deputy Vice President of the African National Congress. In the statement, US political prisoners compared the criminalization of radical and progressive movements for social and political change within the US to what was happening in South Africa as well as contrasted the ways in which racism presents itself in both countries. They seek to relate to Mandela as because of his political views and activities on behalf of the African American community, he was a political prisoner himself. Additionally, they express solidarity with those in South Africa, who like them, are fighting a struggle for freedom against racial oppression.

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