There’s a post over at BuzzFeed that may be one of the most ridiculous things I have ever read. In a post entitled “Did Arizona Senate Candidate Jeff Flake Lobby For Apartheid In South Africa?” they try to paint Flake’s 1987 opposition to sanctions against South Africa as somehow “supporting the apartheid government.”
In 1987, Flake testified before the Utah State Senate in support of a resolution expressing support for the government of South Africa while racial segregation laws were enforced — largely to support U.S. mining interests in the region. In testimony flagged by a Democratic source, Flake opposed sanctions on the regime, arguing they only worsened the living conditions for black South Africans.
Right, because opposing something that would only worsen conditions for the oppressed is somehow supporting the government that is oppressing them? Please. Oh, and the resolution? Here’s the part they published:
“As an ally of the United States, South Africa is a major source to the free world of vital minerals such as manganese, cobalt, platinum, gold etc.”
“Without a dependable and economic source of these minerals, many industries in the United States and the free world would be severely impacted and the cost of these manufactured items is greatly increased.”
“Whereas, economic sanctions would have had a more direct impact on the black community,”
“Whereas, the black population suffers from the present violent and depressed economy,”
“Notify the elected leaders and all the citizens of South Africa that we welcome them as friends and allies in the war against poverty and racial injustice.”
It’s pretty obvious he was opposed to the sanctions because they were going to hurt blacks in South Africa more than anyone else, and he supported the resolution because it contained those exact words. In what world does that even allow the question of “did he lobby for Apartheid” to be asked? Of course he wasn’t. That’s not even remotely in the same universe as that.
The sad part is anyone with half a brain can figure out what he was doing just by reading the article. Well, all except for the guy that wrote it…