Amy Biehl Legacy: Reconciliation That Spans Generations

Deepa Bharath, Orange County Register, August 25, 2013

Easy Nofemela cradled a big bunch of white lilies in his arms as he walked next to the woman he calls “Makulu”–which means grandmother or “wise woman” in his native Xhosa.

He had driven the van that carried Linda Biehl to Gugulethu, a predominantly black township about 10 miles from Cape Town, where her daughter Amy, a 26-year-old Fulbright scholar and Stanford graduate, was stabbed and stoned by an angry mob of young black activists exactly 20 years ago. It was just two days before Amy Biehl was set to return home to Newport Beach.

The death of the white civil- and women’s-rights activist at the hands of black men was a punch in the gut to a nation that already was in turmoil.

Nofemela was a member of that mob and one of four men convicted of killing Biehl.

But the man who accompanied Linda Biehl on Sunday was as gentle as the whiff of white clouds that settle on Cape Town’s Table Mountain. This is a man with honey-colored skin, whose laugh is pitched between a child’s giggle and an old man’s guffaw, who breaks into a song and dance for no reason and whose manner is very much like his name–Easy.

As they walked together to a memorial service to mark the 20th anniversary of her daughter’s death, Biehl talked about how much the long-stemmed flowers reminded her of Amy, “the blond lily.” Linda Biehl said when she first visited Gugulethu after her daughter’s death, the white lilies–which grow wild around Cape Town–were resting against the fence where her daughter had collapsed, broken and bloodied.

A pensive Nofemela stood at Biehl’s side in front of the black granite cross erected in memory of her daughter at the Caltex gas station in Gugulethu. Gathered there for an informal commemoration were about 40 of Amy Biehl’s old friends, community members and others who had been touched by her story.

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Placing her hand gently on Nofemela’s shoulder, Linda Biehl stood in front of her daughter’s memorial, talking about reconciliation and forgiveness–a process that, for the Biehls, initially was triggered by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. But later, as Biehl explained, it became an intensely personal and spiritual journey.

“This is not exactly about one person forgiving the other,” said Biehl, 70. “This is about reconciliation, and it takes more than one person to reconcile.”

Nofemela and Ntobeko Peni, two of the four men who were granted amnesty after being sentenced to 18 years in prison for Amy Biehl’s murder, now work with the Amy Biehl Foundation, which was established in 1994 by Linda Biehl and her late husband, Peter. The Cape Town-based nonprofit offers after-school programs in Gugulethu and surrounding communities that now serve more than 2,000 children.

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Linda Biehl told the gathering that Amy’s special gift was the ability to bring diverse groups of people together, even in a South Africa that was ripped apart and plunged in racial violence. Today, her legacy is about the lives that have been touched and changed, she said.

“Amy wanted to be a number, not a name,” said Linda Biehl, a former couture manager at Fashion Island’s Neiman Marcus. “Her wish was to be just as anonymous as the thousands of black people who died and were mere numbers.”

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Mzi Noji, 44, a resident of Gugulethu who came to the memorial, said he, like Nofemela, was a member of the militant Pan Africanist Congress whose slogan at the time was “One Settler One Bullet”–the slogan Amy Biehl’s killers yelled as they attacked her yellow Mazda the evening of Aug. 25, 1993.

Biehl, who was giving a ride to a few friends including two black women, was hit by a brick that shattered the car’s windshield.

She stopped the car and stumbled out, trying to explain to her assailants that she was their “comrade.” But she was stoned and stabbed by the impassioned mob whose young members were just leaving a party meeting.

Noji said he was not present when Biehl was killed, but that he was one of many youngsters who were indoctrinated in schools, invited to underground meetings and taught to hate and hurt white people.

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu said in a statement that Biehl’s death “came at a time when South Africa was reaching a watershed moment in its history”–when Nelson Mandela had been released from prison, the nation’s constitution was being written and the first democratic elections were about to be held.

“We are unbelievably fortunate that Amy had already passed on her love of this country to her family,” said Tutu, who worked closely with the Biehls during the amnesty hearings. “Through the efforts of Linda and Peter, and all of you who have been involved with the Amy Biehl Foundation over the years, many people in Cape Town’s townships have been empowered and uplifted.”

He said community development programs such as those run by the foundation must demonstrate independence, strength and sustainability to survive and flourish.

“Linda, I have no doubt that God and your daughter are smiling down on you right now,” the archbishop said. “You have borne a heavy burden these past years and have done so with joy and unbridled enthusiasm.”

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For Linda Biehl and her friends, Sunday began with a church service at St. Columba Anglican church, barely 100 feet away from Amy’s memorial. More than 100 congregants packed the brick-walled sanctuary, lit by pumpkin-shaped chandeliers and filled with the fragrant smoke of incense.

Congregants sang in Xhosa, a language of the native tribes, which is punctuated by clicks. They danced to the sound of drums and bells. Linda Biehl swayed to the music and rhythm as Peni’s daughter, Avile, played on her lap, stroking Biehl’s well-coiffed blond hair and trying on her pink scarf.

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  • The Biehl’s crowning achievement of their life’s “work” was getting their daughter murdered.

    As a result, they are my nominee for:
    Worst Parents Ever

    • Stentorian_Commentator

      I feel good that although my daughters are young, they are learning that there are certain subjects we can discuss and things we can say in the home that we cannot discuss or say outside. It may sound wimpy, but I like to think I am setting up a good foundation so they won’t be suckers like the Biehl family. What a waste.

      • Spartacus

        Show your daughters pictures of what’s happening in South Africa, there’s no better cure for marxism :

        http://ajkraad(DOT)wix(DOT)com/genocide-museum#!

      • joesolargenius

        Stentorian .
        What would be even better is if you just showed your daughters the FBI Crime statistics on Rape and then you wouldn’t have to worry about them saying the wrong thing to Blacks as they would just start avoiding them .

    • sbuffalonative

      And they seem intent on encouraging other young women to sacrifice themselves just to prove they’re morally superior ‘progressive’ liberals.

      ‘Our daughter was killed by blacks and so can yours!’

    • Lagerstrom

      I didn’t reach the end of the article due to the fact that it’s so utterly sickening to anyone with about one ounce of common-sense! What the heck is wrong with these people? They killed their daughter. Would have been a horrid death (she even yelled out ‘comrade’ as she died) and her ‘parents’ find cause for celebration. Glad I didn’t have parents like those two uber-losers! But I suppose it’s how those two losers get the attention they obviously crave.

    • OlderWoman

      Rachel Corrie’s parents are runners-up. Defending violent Palestianians caused her death.

  • MekongDelta69

    “Easy Nofemela… …was as gentle as the whiff of white clouds.”

    “Linda Biehl… …Plac[ed] her hand gently on Nofemela’s shoulder.”

    They’re BOTH insane

    • sbuffalonative

      They are insane. They’d rather more young white women die than admit their progressive liberal race ideology is what killed their daughter.

      • DerekaGrandon

        Yeap, it is totally diabolical.

      • Lagerstrom

        They sure would. They probably pray for it everyday with their family friends in SA.

    • Lagerstrom

      That ‘Easy’ fellow seems retarded from the description in the article.

      • dukem1

        That’s like shooting fish in a barrel…IAW even the lowest standards of Western civilization and intelligence, they’re all retarded over there

    • Lagerstrom

      She’s insane, he’s black.

  • Okay. I HAD to stop reading about halfway through. I just ate, and….

  • NorthernWind

    The Biehl genes seem programed for self-destruction.

    • Jesse James

      If it was just themselves they were destroying we could live without them. The problem is they are trying to take the rest of us down the utopian road to hell with them.

    • OlderWoman

      Read the original comments. A Biehl family member tries to defend their stance by insulting a good comment….that the Biehl family are fools.

  • HJ11

    Biehl’s mother may have a guilt complex over the death of her daughter (she should), and is now seeking redemption by telling herself that befriending the Black killers of her daughter will somehow mean that Amy’s death had meaning. It didn’t. It was a simply Black on White murder. And, did you read that Amy jumped out of the vehicle to tell the attacking Blacks that she was one of the good Whites? .

    Yes, it’s nuts.

    The reality is that the Biehl family line will now die out–forever–because Amy died for the false views pumped into her head by her parents.

    • sbuffalonative

      She clearly has a Christ complex.

      • AutomaticSlim

        Yes. A perfect example of the downside of modern/progressive Christianity.

    • serious123

      Yep. Could this be Darwinism at work? Seriously, actually wondering.

      • Spartacus

        Not Darwinism. Jewish brainwashing .

      • Lagerstrom

        It’s gotta be.

        Darwin : One;
        Naive lame-brain : Nil

  • Spartacus

    “Placing her hand gently on Nofemela’s shoulder, Linda Biehl stood in
    front of her daughter’s memorial, talking about reconciliation and
    forgiveness–a process that, for the Biehls, initially was triggered by
    the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. But later, as Biehl explained,
    it became an intensely personal and spiritual journey.”

    ———————————————————————————————————————

    This retard should have a live rat shoved in her vagina. Anyone who would stand next to their child’s murderers talking gibberish like that deserves what’s worse .

  • dd121

    Whites can be altruistic; blacks aren’t. Have you ever heard of a black charity that serves whites?

    • MekongDelta69

      Have you EVER heard of a (non affirmative-action) black charity at all?

      • Tinfoil A22hat

        Usually in the evening news and involving the words phony and fraud.

        • Lagerstrom

          Nice one Tinfoil!

  • [Guest]

    >>> …The man who accompanied Linda Biehl on Sunday was as gentle as the whiff of white clouds that settle on Cape Town’s Table Mountain. This is a man with honey-colored skin, whose laugh is pitched between a child’s giggle and an old man’s guffaw, who breaks into a song and dance for no reason and whose manner is very much like his name–Easy.

    Savage black murderers of white people are simply wonderful, aren’t they?

    • Jesse James

      Straight out of Kipling’s “The White Man’s Burden”, a honey colored giggling “half demon and half child”. It is time to go Galt on the black race and non-whites in general.

  • IstvanIN

    The parents are sick.

    • ms_anthro

      So is the journalist who wrote this nauseating bilge. The writer is practically worshiping the savage African who helped brutally murder a young White girl who was trying to help him and his kind. Insane. This is insanity.

      • ShermanTMcCoy

        Here’s a big surprise:

        • Spartacus

          That’s a woman ? Disgusting…

        • ms_anthro

          Another face and name we should put on the Presstitutes list. Thank you.

  • MerlinV

    The people she had such an affinity for:

    • IstvanIN

      Corey Booker rally in Newark???

      • MekongDelta69

        No – line outside welfare office in DIE-Troit at the end of the month.

        • Luca

          Acorn voter registration drive with a free obama-phone give away.

          • texasoysterman

            Obama family reunion?

          • Triarius

            New $200 limited edition basketball sneakers go on sale?

    • Jesse James

      Coming soon to Section 8 housing in your neighborhood! Thank you King Obama! Thank you progressive white race traitors! Thank you US churches – they can fill the seats we are going to leave empty as the church works towards white genocide!
      Thank you Jewish intellectuals, politicians, Supreme Court Justices, and financiers for a century of open borders advocacy! Thank you clueless Republican politicians and voters your day is almost done forever! Thank you ICE and Homeland Insecurity! Thank you US Generals and your love of dieversity!

    • ShermanTMcCoy

      Sorry, Merl, but I don’t see any people in the picture. Are they hiding behind the n*****s?

  • Luca

    This poor delusional, cowardly, woman suffers from extreme liberalitis. If science does not come up with a cure soon they should all be rounded up and placed in those old unused leper colonies. Not only are they a threat to themselves, they hurt the rest of society by spewing their insidious nonsensical irrational ideology.

    If her daughter were killed by rabid lions she would be going into the lions den feeding them steaks and petting them. Which may work for a while until the steaks run out.

  • Spartacus

    “She stopped the car and stumbled out, trying to explain to her
    assailants that she was their “comrade.” But she was stoned and stabbed
    by the impassioned mob whose young members were just leaving a party
    meeting.”

    ———————————————————————————————————————

    Good. Every time a race traitor dies, the world smells a little better.

    • Lagerstrom

      Note the term ‘comrade’.

  • Easyrhino1

    Welcome to Planet Crazy.

  • Tinfoil A22hat

    “Nofemela was a member of that mob and one of four men convicted of killing Biehl.

    But the man who accompanied Linda Biehl on Sunday was as gentle as
    the whiff of white clouds that settle on Cape Town’s Table Mountain.
    This is a man with honey-colored skin, whose laugh is pitched between a
    child’s giggle and an old man’s guffaw, who breaks into a song and dance
    for no reason and whose manner is very much like his name–Easy.”

    I threw up in my mouth.

    Too bad he didn’t have any Polaroids or video to share with crazy woman of the reason for their love fest. Maybe he can gently pelt her with stones and giggle and guffaw while he does it for old times’ sake.

  • ncpride

    trying to explain to her assailants that she was their “comrade.”

    Stupid, stupid, stupid White people. You crazy, nutty, diversity loving morons will be doing the exact same thing as your ‘comrades’ beat YOU to death when your usefulness to them is over. Get a clue!

  • [in the referenced article, Mrs. Biehl is seen arm-in-arm with one of her daughter’s killers]

    I don’t tolerate Chimpouts, but if there was one tiny exception . . . this would be it.

  • Truthseeker

    If “civil rights activist” Amy Biehl were alive to see the discriminatory policies against South African whites and the genocide of the farmers, do you think she’d now be fighting for their rights? After all, they’re clearly the ones being oppressed.

    • Sick of it

      She certainly would not, being a progressive.

    • Lagerstrom

      No, she’d ring the doorbell pretending to be the AVON lady so her ‘friends’ could get in for some good old-fashioned rape and murder.

  • Pelagian

    This fetish for “understanding” is a pure fashion. They know that it makes them look good, will be applauded, and so they adopt it. They know nothing will bring back their daughter anyway, so, “Why not?”. If they had any consanguinity with other whites, they would spill the beans. But they dont. They only have consanguinity with themselves, therefore they do whatever helps themselves.

  • Romulus

    I couldn’t finish reading as my blood is beginning to boil. Stupidity abounds. Instead of an Intelligent, articulate people ruling a successful country on the dark continent, it will have an oligarchy that will have the look and feel of P. T BARNUM. The greatest hellhole on earth!!

    • newscomments70

      I thought about reading he comments on the original article. I imagine there would be some race realists, but there would probably several brain dead liberals and white haters. I don’t have the energy tonight to be that angry. Did anyone have a look at the comments section? (if there is one)

      • ncpride

        There is a comment section, but apparently Zach Biehl , Amy’s brother, is just as damn nutty as the rest of the family according to his comments. Trying to tell another poster we don’t understand the ‘real story’…. Sure we do, stupid. Your sister was beat to death by black savages because she was White. What else is there possibly to know? I really hope he gets a chance to read the comments on THIS site. That outta get his traitorous blood boiling!

  • Paul

    Yes, The blacks are responsible for the girls Death. But the main culprit is the parents themselves. They killed their daughter as surely as if they had pulled the trigger.

  • Triarius

    Call me heartless, but I do not feel sorry for these people. These are the people running around screaming about white privilage and how the US is not diverse enough. These are traitors, pure and simple, and are worse than the enemy.

  • IKantunderstand

    Do they really think these vomitous propaganda BS articles are supposed to make me feel, I don’t know, different than I feel? Puhleeze! Amy Biehl and her parents are exactly what is WRONG with the world, but, somehow, they are trying to make us think we should aspire to be like them and sacrifice our children, FOR NO GOOD REASON!!! Blacks are never going to change. South Africa has become worse, despite the sacrifice of Amy Biehl. Who are these parents think they are kidding? The South Africans don’t really care about Amy. It’s just money to them. And, the rest of we Whites? We think Amy Biehl was a stupid fool who died in vain. And, her parents? Well, no big deal, they just lost a daughter and future grandchildren for, well, NOTHING!!!!! Way to go White people! Could you please explain to me what exactly you think you accomplished?

    • bubo

      Nah, these articles are written by leftists for leftists. Their insane worldview only exists in a tightly controlled echo chamber which is constantly reassured by the media, academia etc.

      People like us can’t understand it, which I’m thankful for.

  • jeffaral

    My dream is to round up all those people like the Biehls and send them to Africa, for good.

    • Lagerstrom

      Maybe they should be all placed upon some sort of ‘Anti-Fantasy Island’ where Mr Rourke reigns supreme as a sort-of ‘Brutal Gardener’.

  • Charles Martel

    My grandfather is a life long democrat. He cannot understand the democrats long ago left the white race. My grandfather is 89. No one will discuss politics with him, but none of us would stand for a berating from him. We simply walk away when he starts singing the praises of his dear leader. His conduct is shameful for the family, but we ignore this due to his advanced age, and the love he does have for his family. It is very difficult to accept his love for Obama. However, the love I have for my grandfather is greater than the hatred I have for Obama.

  • jeffaral

    Is Amy’s mother, Linda, having an affair with Mr Nofemela? I wouldn’t be surprised at all.

  • MBlanc46

    She brought people together all right. She brought them together into a mob that murdered her because she was white.

  • mikebowen55

    I would stop associating with him. He is the enemy. End of story.

  • Spartacus

    Dump him, get some new friends . Anybody who’d insult you after you spent your time and money taking care of him is a moron and a degenerate .

    • Lagerstrom

      Yeah, you’ve got to let those sort of people go, or tell them to go.
      Ingrates and leeches are not friends.

  • ms_anthro

    I’m guessing they have personality disorders or something. People with NPD (narcissists) sometimes get together and breed. The attention from their daughter’s death and the saintly treatment they’d get from the MSM might outweigh whatever fleeting grief they felt after hearing of her murder.

    Someone once posted a photo of her parents on Amren. They’re smiling beatifically in front of Amy’s memorial in Africa, and couldn’t look happier or more contented. It’s a sickening picture and summarizes them well.

    Poor girl never had a chance, growing up with parents like that.

  • ms_anthro

    South Africa? No, too dangerous for the Whites already living there. I hear Somalia is just perfect this time of year. The Congo will work too, in a pinch.

  • ms_anthro

    Speak for yourself. Anyone who acts this way has several screws loose. In the worst case scenario, Biehl’s parents have Munchausen by proxy and get some kind of creepy psychological gratification from the attention surrounding their daughter’s murder.

  • ms_anthro

    This is the picture I was referring to in another comment. Absolutely horrifying.

    • Baronsteamtrunk

      Absolutely horrifying! They look as if they might as well be standing in front of some dopey tourist attraction! Its beyond bizarre. Its pathological!

  • Women not fighters? My wife and I spar at kendo, and she’s a difficult opponent. She uses an atarashii naginata instead of the usual shinai. At 4’9″, Sayaka is a bit short, but she’s very fast.

  • Mark Hillyard

    “many people in Cape Town’s townships have been empowered and uplifted.”
    Why can’t we use bad language on this and other sites?
    Politicians and stupid phrases and words go together so well.

  • Baronsteamtrunk

    Unreal. So now they work for a non-profit that was created due to the murder they committed!! What a win for them. Not only do they get away with murder due to a bogus amnesty, but now they are earning a living off of the person they murdered! Had they not killed her they would probably still be unemployed and living in a box in a ditch. Murdering whitey has been very, very good to me. You cant make this stuff up!! No wonder he breaks out into song and dance at the drop of a hat!

  • dukem1

    I agree with all of the practical statements here that she should never have allowed her daughter to be in that position to begin with.
    Nonetheless, providing aid and comfort to the downtrodden is a very Christian, and, white thing to do.
    The mother is more than entitled to seek closure in any way she sees fit.
    There but for the grace…go I…or you.

  • NorthSea

    “Easy” Nofemela, with laughter between a “high-pitched giggle” and an “old man’s guffaw”, breaking into unaccountable song and dance at a whim. What this disgusting article characterizes as “Easy” I rather call “Insane”. How “Easy” was he 20 years ago?

  • NorthSea

    Killed in an act of political violence. Thankfully I haven’t eaten yet. The expressions on their faces stagger belief.

    • Lagerstrom

      Check out the look on Dad’s face. He is one sick bastard! Meanwhile Mom’s trying to look serene. Little Amy would be 46 now, if she wasn’t so stupid.

  • dean53

    Have you ever confronted him about his ingratitude towards you? Have you ever asked him how he justifies treating you in such an insulting, demeaning way? Have you asked him why he feels so superior to you that he expects you to defer to his “superiority”? Perhaps your “friend” does not really value your friendship at all and is only using you, since you’ve obviously put yourself at his disposal, for some reason, maybe out of loneliness. Perhaps he feels that you are disposable, or so weak that you won’t stand up to him. Sounds like like you two have a typical master-slave, bully-victim, Democrat-Republican, liberal-conservative relationship. There must be something in it for you, or you wouldn’t put up with his insulting abuse, but is his “friendship” really worth it? Perhaps it’s time for you to confront him. Tell him that if he values your friendship, he must change his behavior towards you and treat you with the same respect he would extend to a fellow Democrat. If he throws a manipulative temper tantrum, walk away. Easier said than done, yes, but sometimes you just have to walk away from abuse. Start filling your own life with good, positive, constructive activities so that you don’t get sucked back into being a caretaker for an ingrate — no matter how “decent” he may sometimes seem. You deserve better.

  • Lagerstrom

    No I haven’t experienced anything like that. What I’d likely do is point out to him what you’ve done for him and tell him that if I hear any more of that b/s I’ll send you a bill for medical services.

  • Unperson

    Amy’s father, Peter “Dr. Giggles” Biehl, is recently deceased. But you can scroll up to my previous post to see a photo of him grinning like a fool at his daughter’s death marker in 2010.

    Even more amazing acts of self-negation by The First Family of Ethnomasochism can be found in Wiki’s Amy Biehl listing.

  • Pelagian

    “Linda, I have no doubt that God and your daughter are smiling down on you right now,” the archbishop said.

    So much theologically wrong with that statement, I dont know where to begin. Suffice to say that such a platitude would have never departed the lips of a St. John Chrysostom or St. Athanasius. What passes as an “archbishop” today is incredible.

    • OlderWoman

      God would be disgusted with Amy Biehl’s self-serving interference. Forcing her beliefs on that nation is wrong. She was just another pushy American liberal like actor John Savage who worked with the murderous Mandela to end apartheid.

  • OlderWoman

    I have a liberal friend who behaves the same way. Recently I nursed her through double knee replacement. I try to ignore as she will not discuss the facts. She is obviously uninformed about them. She’ll just keep voting for the liberal perverts. The mainstream press will make certain she does.

  • OlderWoman

    barf

  • OlderWoman

    I bet the Biehl’s revel in the admiration of liberal White idiots. They’ve possible won awards for the death of their idiot daughter.

  • OlderWoman

    I could never see myself ‘touching’ a black man. The very thought leaves me cold.

  • OlderWoman

    World Council of Churches is part of the New World ODOR.