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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Liz Cheney To Anti-Apartheid Protesters In 1988: ‘Nobody’s Listening’

Liz Cheney To Anti-Apartheid Protesters In 1988: ‘Nobody’s Listening’

In the late 1980s, Liz Cheney, current Republican candidate for Senate in Wyoming, channeled her father on the issue of apartheid, according to a  recent story in Mother Jones.

The magazine uncovered an op-ed written by Cheney, in which she sternly rebuked anti-apartheid college protesters. “Frankly, nobody’s listening,” the aspiring senator wrote in 1988 for her college newspaper.

According to Mother Jones, when Cheney was attending Colorado College in the 1980s, a liberal student group called Colorado College Community Against Apartheid was urging the school to not do business with companies that had financial interests in South Africa. The group organized a “shanty town” on campus to call attention to conditions in South Africa, and even staged a demonstration during the 1987 commencement ceremony. As it happens, Lynn Cheney, Liz’s mother, was the commencement speaker.

So Cheney’s disdain for the liberal college group may have been rooted in more than ideological differences. In fact, in the same op-ed Cheney offered strong criticism of the South African government.

“South Africa is indeed a moral cesspool and as free and democratic people we have a responsibility to do something,” Cheney wrote. But she went on to argue economic withdrawal from South Africa would do more harm than good: “It is fulfilling to express our moral outrage, but no responsible person would do so at the expense of the thousands of black workers employed in U.S. firms in South Africa.”

Ironically, Cheney — in a newspaper article — accused the group of being “reactionary” by simply making moral statements. “Reactionaries make statements. Conscientious and thoughtful people take action because they know moral statements will never change the world.”

To be sure, divestment — the economic tactic the liberal student group was pushing for — was supported by such anti-apartheid leaders as Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress. On Mandela’s first trip to the United States after his release from prison he visited Berkeley, California, the first U.S. municipality to divest from South Africa.

On the other hand, Cheney’s line of thinking was supported by Republican politicians of the day, including — not surprisingly — her father, Dick Cheney, who believed Nelson Mandela to be a terrorist.

Screenshot: Cheney for Wyoming YouTube channel

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17 responses to “Liz Cheney To Anti-Apartheid Protesters In 1988: ‘Nobody’s Listening’”

  1. Lynda Groom says:

    She was wrong then and still is. Of course the world was listening and history has clearly shown.

  2. nomoretraitors says:

    How is it “top news” what she said in 1988? Man you guys are graspin’

    • JD Mulvey says:

      She’s a candidate for the US Senate.

    • judi says:

      “What Obama said or did 20 years ago IS important to the Right Wing………Just ask FOX!!!!!

      • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh says:

        Actually, with FOX, it’s more what they THINK he said, and what other people think he MIGHT have said, despite any documentation or evidence to the contrary.

        • nomoretraitors says:

          Actually “Rev” Wright is on tape exhorting his congregation to “Godd*** America, as well as Obama’s various statements about Hispanics need to “punish their enemies” in the ’10 elections, that it was “unpatriotic” and “irresponsible to run up the nation’s debt with a credit card from the “Bank of China.” So it’s not open to intepretation.
          NBC, on the other hand, was caught doctoring the 911 tape of George Zimmerman’s call to the police to make him appear racist. Then there’s NBC’s lowly stepchild — MSNBC — featuring race pimp Al editing Bill Oreilly’s comment on Nelson Mandela, playing only the part where Oreilly mentioned him being a communist but leaving out where he said he was also a great man

      • nomoretraitors says:

        Yes, because Obama ran for president and it gives us insight into his core beliefs (as anyone’s statements would). Liz Cheney on the other is running for Senate in Wyoming, so unless you live in Wyoming, she doesn’t affect you. Furthermore, apartheid was (thankfully) abolished more than 2 decades ago so her views in ’88 would be rendered moot.

        • Sand_Cat says:

          I believe she’s running for U.S. Senate, which very much affects us, though she hopes to replace another GOP thug, so I guess it won’t make that much difference.

    • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh says:

      Like JD said. As she is a candidate for Senate, her positions (both historical and current) will have a lot to do in how people view her perceptions of governance. As a Senator, she would be responsible to vote on treaty ratification, ambassadorial appointments, trade agreements and many other functions associated with diplomacy and international policy. Knowing how she thought in the past and how she thinks currently will give an insight to how she could be expected to vote.
      She has already proven herself to not agree with her father and sister concerning gay rights. And many other positions she has publicly taken put her at odds with all but the most rabid conservative members of her party.

  3. JD Mulvey says:

    Ms Cheney believes divestment may be a personal virtue –as her father once called energy conservation –but it isn’t something for which one should interrupt the flow of profits.

  4. Sand_Cat says:

    No one was listening to Liz then, and no one should be listening to her now.

  5. Canistercook says:

    This sure is a cheap shot. Perhaps we can hear more from you of what Obama REALLY did while in college! Wonder how many on your staff have been to S. Africa recently?

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