During his nearly three decades of often-cruel imprisonment, Mr. Mandela was repeatedly offered his personal freedom provided he agreed to conditions that limited the freedom of others. Every single time, he refused.
It was during the twilight years of the evil called apartheid that I moved to South Africa to fight for causes that I deeply felt. In my apartment looking out toward the clunky Voortrekker Monument, I started a gay newspaper.
Beck promised on his radio show that "the hammer" would be coming down on me, and that he would devote a week of his TV show to bringing me down. I took that as a "no" to dialogue, but I've decided to go ahead without him.