“White supremacy has its uses…”

From Teju Cole’s reflection on Mandela in The New Inquiry:

White supremacy has its uses. Because of its great care and its thoughtful strategy, because of the tireless way it hoards its hatred, it is good at making heroes. Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr, Desmond Tutu: what would our lives have meant without theirs? No wheel moves without friction. Without the obscenity of white supremacy to resist, they might have been mere happy family men.

Rest, Madiba, the First Accused.

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