Credit where credit’s due

Via Botsplainer at Balloon Juice, I see that Newt Gingrich wrote something downright sensible on the occasion of Nelson Mandela’s death.

So let me say to those conservatives who don’t want to honor Nelson Mandela, what would you have done?

Mandela was faced with a vicious apartheid regime that eliminated all rights for blacks and gave them no hope for the future. This was a regime which used secret police, prisons and military force to crush all efforts at seeking freedom by blacks.

What would you have done faced with that crushing government?

What would you do here in America if you had that kind of oppression?

You really should read the whole thing.

It’s not that Newt Gingrich is the only one saying this, or that he’s more important than anyone else who’s said it. But sometimes, people need to hear truth from a member of their own group before they can accept it. So for Newt Gingrich to ask conservatives to put themselves in the shoes of black South Africans, to think of them as people who had a right to secure their freedom in the face of violent repression, is noteworthy.

(200 words because I didn’t post yesterday.)