My name is Bradley Steyn I am a former South African Anti-Apartheid activist, security professional, defence contractor and national security advisor.
At the age of 17 I witnessed and was caught up in the middle of the Strijdom square massacre in my native South Africa. Innocent black citizens were targeted by a racist white supremacist dressed like a policeman. My white skin, my white privilege saved my life that day as I held a dying black man in my lap trying to stop him from bleeding out. I could not stop or tackle that racist that day. I was a kid.
That event changed my life forever though. I dedicated my life to fighting evil and racism and began when I was covertly recruited as a white operative into Nelson Mandela’s anti-Apartheid movement, the African National Congress’s military wing, Umkhonto we Siswe (the spear of the Nation). I became a clandestine operator to infiltrate and spy against the feared security police, state military apparatus and their proxy white nationalist hit squad units.
We won the war against racist oppression in South Africa. We brought one of the most powerful and evil, racist security military complexes to its knees.
Now when I say WE, I mean WE THE PEOPLE - like the very same type of people I was marching peacefully with at the Black Lives Matter march on Saturday the 30th May, here in Los Angeles, near Fairfax in memory of George Floyd and so many other black Americans that have been murdered in America. Apartheid-style.
At the march I was shot by a member of the LAPD with a rubber bullet in the testicles. one of which was ruptured and led to me almost bleeding out on the streets of Los Angeles.
The night before, my 10 year old daughter and I were making signs to hold, and she said, "Daddy won't we get in trouble with the police?" To which I replied: "No matter how powerful or big a government and its police forces are, if they hurt, kill and infringe on citizens' human rights we can march peacefully to force a change. And even go to war like we did in South Africa against racist leadership.
That’s why Daddy will be continuing the fight." In closing, the oppression and racism towards our black compatriots here in America needs to stop. We as white folks need to start having these uncomfortable conversations about racism and what our privilege has afforded us. Learn from it! I did, in the most intolerant of societies. In doing so we can rebuild the land of the free and, in standing up to bullies, also be the land of the brave.
I almost bled out on the streets of Los Angeles and had to go in for emergency surgery and had my left testicle repaired as it ruptured.
I have just received out of pocket medical bills. And I have also hired an attorney and foresee some upcoming cost.
We will be pushing for legislative Law enforcement reform in Sacramento California.
Please help me if you can.
Thanks for your support.
- Chris Grantz
- Spencer Mc Kendall