In 1986, Nelson Mandela — the former president of South Africa who died Thursday at the age of 95 — was serving the 23rd year of what would ultimately be a 27-year prison sentence.
The Western world was finally acknowledging the true horrors of Apartheid, a system of racial segregation that denied basic rights to blacks — including citizenship and the right to vote — and brutally oppressed a generation of South Africans fighting for equality.

In the U.S. Congress, lawmakers were ready to show their opposition to the South African regime with the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act, a bill that called for tough sanctions and travel restrictions on the nation and its leaders, and for the repeal of apartheid laws and release of political prisoners like Mandela, then leader of the African National Congress (ANC).

The measure passed with bipartisan support, despite strong and largely Republican opposition. President Ronald Reagan was among those most opposed to the bill, and when he finally vetoed the measure over its support of the ANC, which he maintained was a “terrorist organization,” it took another vote by Congress to override it. Among the Republicans who repeatedly voted against the measure was future Vice President di** Cheney, then a Republican congressman from Wyoming.

Cheney’s staunch resistance to the Anti-Apartheid Act arose as an issue during his future campaigns on the presidential ticket, but the Wyoming Republican has never said he regretted voting the way he did. In fact, in 2000, he maintained that he’d made the right decision.

“The ANC was then viewed as a terrorist organization,” Cheney said on ABC’s “This Week.” “I don’t have any problems at all with the vote I cast 20 years ago.”

Cheney went on to call Mandela a “great man” who had “mellowed” in the decade after his release from prison.

In 2004, Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards tore into his counterpart’s congressional voting record, calling out Cheney for his vote against freeing Mandela. Shortly after, Cheney historian John Nichols said that he’d spoken to Mandela about Cheney’s record and worldview. Like many, Mandela was concerned:

He’s very blunt about it he says one of the many reasons why he fears di** Cheney’s power in the United States, and Mandela does say, he understands that Cheney is effectively the President of the United States, he says, one of the many reasons that he fears di** Cheney’s power is that in the late 1980’s when even prominent Republicans like Jack Kemp and Newt Gingrich were acknowledging the crime of Apartheid, di** Cheney maintained the lie that the ANC was a terrorist organization and a fantasy that Nelson Mandela was a terrorist leader who deserved to be in jail. Frankly it begs very powerful question. If di** Cheney’s judgment was that bad in the late 1980’s, why would we believe that it’s gotten any better in the early 21st century?

A handful of sitting lawmakers also voted against freeing Mandela. GOP Reps. Joe Barton (Texas), Howard Coble (N.C.) and Hal Rogers (Ky.) opposed the Anti-Apartheid Act throughout the legislative process. Texas Rep. Ralph Hall, then a Democrat, voted against the bill, but did not vote on the veto override. Via huffingtonpost


  • Big P

    F@cking prick.

  • Bob

    Mandela was a good terrorist. Violence must be used to bring about real change. You can’t protest to a people(white people) who are thoroughly psychotic and hell-bent on the destruction of black folk.

    Fuck Dick Cheney his whole family and all the psychopathic whites in the world just like him. I hope them cacs all catch a stroke.

  • MoorThugRelated

    Hahaha, Obama is cool with these dudes, and ppl get all upset about this. Once again, I commend ole Dick for his honesty on his feelings towards blacks. Few white racist will grant you that type of luxury….but does it mean they hate you less?

    • naledgestate

      Only you would see a silver lining in Dick Cheney’s racism.

      Last time I checked, Obama didnt have neo-cons in his inner circle. Stop pulling sh*t outta your ass.

      • MoorThugRelated

        Who said I saw the good in it? Its fuqed up. Truth is EVERY US president we ever had hates blacks. I just appreciate his honesty because its much better to be upfront about it, right?

        • naledgestate

          Stop the broad brush statements. Every US President we had hated blacks? What about LBJ and the Civil Rights Act of 64′ and his war on poverty with the “Great Society” initiative.

          I guess Lincoln was a n*gger hater win he signed the Emancipation and took a bullet to the dome.

          Reagan has done more to f**k black people than any President in recent history, but Reagan is probably a icon of yours.

          • MoorThugRelated

            HAHAHA now Lincoln liked blacks? Never argue with a fool. I’m done.

        • “EVERY US president we ever had hates blacks.” uh…..ok Moor,care to explain deeper on that?

          • I 2nd that explanation..

          • naledgestate

            He has no rational explanation for it because the statement itself is ludicrous.

            Lincoln’s views on slavery are debateble, however, Moor states that every president in US history hated black people. I offered evidence on the contrary of Lincoln “hating” blacks, not for him “liking” us.

            Keep your argument consistent.

        • Greg4422

          Lincoln was black….. see video at 4:16

    • Dog you gotta be Caucasian!

      • @Moor, you constantly ride the fence. I agree with your stance on the ignorance that African American criminals bring to the black community but when you are challenged, you bring yourself down to that same ignorant frame of mind, talking about your guns. Now to make a statement admiring racism and to try to cover it up as just pure honesty is that same motivation behind that kiss that was placed on Jesus’ cheek…… but you don’t believe in Jesus either so I’m sure you’re no witness to the relevance of your sarcasm.

        • naledgestate


      • naledgestate

        Why do have to be white? I cant be black and knowledgeable? I guess white people have a monopoly on knowledge.

        Ignorant statement.

        • @naledgestate….All my comments were directed towards No-Moor!

          • naledgestate

            Its all love

  • E-Dub

    White trash


    Nothing to see here. Just another typical cracka ass cracka racist who will violently burn in hell for eternity once he expires. LOL

    One Love

  • jamarxyz

    dickhead cheney aint nothing but a devil,just like all government…these guys bread terrorist,and give them weapoms.

    • MoorThugRelated

      But at least he’s honest though. Gotta respect that cause now you know where he’s coming from.

  • Greg4422

    When this cracka dies, I’m going to celebrate the same way I did when OJ was found not guilty of double murder

  • Playboy69

    President Reagan felt the same way like Dick Cheney about Nelson Mandela too. I guess flea of a feather FLOCK together….R.I.P. Nelson Mandela.

  • presto 2.5

    @Moor loses again…

  • edo

    why isn’t he on trial for WAR CRIMES?! IT’S ALWAYS the evil ones that last the longest, God can’t even answer this question