12/07/2013 12:03 pm ET Updated Feb 06, 2014

Columnist On Mandela Coverage: 'Famous Nice Black Man Dies!'


The world mourned the death of Nelson Mandela on Thursday, but at least one British columnist wanted it to stop mourning quite so much.

Rod Liddle--a writer for the Spectator magazine whose views on race tend towards the incendiary--scoffed at the amounts of coverage he was seeing on the BBC:

It's as if the poor bugger now has to bear your entire self-flagellating white post-colonial bien pensant guilt; look! Famous nice black man dies! Let's re-run the entire history of South Africa. That's better than watching the country we're in being flattened by a storm.

Liddle hedged his bets by allowing that, "on balance," Mandela had probably done good in the world.

Criticism came swiftly.