But the real kicker? One commenter said that Mandela would support Clark’s decision because he was doing what he felt was right.
Only in America.
As previously reported by NewsOne, the United States didn’t remove Mandela from its terrorist list until 2008.
Clark’s actions and those of his supporters prove that White supremacy and privilege—and illusions of American exceptionalism—are alive and well in South Carolina.
UPDATE: 12/7/13, 1:11 PM ET
Pickens deleted his disrespectful comment about Mandela, and replaced it with the following:
In an interview with the GreenvilleOnline.com, Pickens doubled-downed on his refusal to lower the flag to half-staff, saying it “weakens what the honor means for Americans who have died for their country.”
Responding to a question about the support that he had received for his original Facebook announcement, Pickens praised the citizens of Pickens County: “I think Pickens County is God-loving and military-loving people, and they’ve just been real supportive.”
While Pickens seems to believe that the “cycle” is over, the local chapter of the NAACP might have something to say about that:
“I expect for him to follow proper protocol and fly the flag at half-staff because that’s the respect I would like to give Nelson Mandela as a citizen of Pickens County,” said Sheila Crawford, President of the Pickens County Chapter of the NAACP.
As we previously reported, Pickens plans to ignore President Obama’s orders and raise the flag tomorrow after observing the bombing of Pearl Harbor.