Before Nelson Mandela Went On Trial Along With Other Anc

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Before Nelson Mandela went on trial along with other ANC leader that sentenced them, Mandela open up with a powerful and emotional speech that was about four hours long. In Mandela speech he made some valiant points: “ White supremacy implies black inferiority. Legislation designed to preserve white supremacy entrenches this notion. Menial tasks in South Africa are invariably performed by Africans. When anything has to be carried of cleaned the white man will look around for an African to so it for him, whether the African is employed by him or not. Because of this sort of attitude, whites tend to regard Africans as a separate breed. The do not look upon them as people with families of her own: they do not realize that we have…show more content…
I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons will live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal for which I hope to live for and see realized. But, My Lord if it needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die (Peralta).” Nelson Mandela attitude toward the entire incident was hopeful. Event thought the punishment was 27 to life in prison was a bit harsh. Mandela kept his sanity even through harsh treatment and sickness while in prison. Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison 18 of those years incarcerated on Robben Island and the rest at Pollsmoor Prison. While Mandela was on Robben Island he still was a strong symbol for black resistance who was for his release and led an international campaign. Mandela had a global political community that was still growing while he was in prison. That is when the South African government descried to move Mandela and the 10 ANC to another Prison the Pollsmoor Prison. They were hoping to cut off contact between them and the South African Government. But it didn’t work, his people was only growing stronger which led to previously president and other government to have many private talks with Mandela. This led to Nelson Mandela becoming the first black President of South African

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