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Thursday, December 05, 2013

Nelson Mandela: R.I.P.

Nelson Mandela has passed away at the age of 95.  South Africa's president Jacob Zuma said:

“He is now resting.  He is now at peace.  Our nation has lost its greatest son.  Our people have lost a father.  Wherever we are in the country, wherever we are in the world ... let us reaffirm his vision of a society in which none is exploited, oppressed or dispossessed by another.”

After spending twenty-seven years in South African prisons, Nelson Mandela ultimately triumphed over apartheid, led his country to democracy and became South Africa's first black president.  He also won the Nobel Peace Prize.

President Obama said Mandela “achieved more than could be expected of any man.  I cannot fully imagine my own life without the example Nelson Mandela set.”

In Nelson Mandela's book “Long Walk to Freedom written while he was in prison he wrote:

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion.  People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

Words to live by.

R.I.P.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would pay attention to the Right Wing Pundits and the Republicans, plenty who around when Reagan who was President, who supported Apartheid and accused Mandala of being Communist Controlled (like a certain Martin Luther King in this Country). I wonder what they will say -or will they cry Crocodile Tears?

Erik

December 6, 2013 at 1:36 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: My guess is crocodile tears. The Klanbaggers won't have the balls to condemn Mandela now.

December 6, 2013 at 10:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/115846/nelson-mandela-and-gop-all-terrible-things-gop-once-said

Erik

December 6, 2013 at 9:41 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: Thanks for the link. When Reagan was staging terrorist attacks against Nicaragua, he simultaneously refused to "interfere in the internal affairs" of South Africa. Typical Republican "logic."

December 7, 2013 at 11:12 AM  
Anonymous Jess said...

He's being claimed now as a republican. Never mind in the 80s they were saying he was a terrorist and all that. I watched the funerla stuff this morning and was in tears. At least I lived while he did and I can pass on to my own yet to be here's the importance of this man when he lived.

December 10, 2013 at 12:59 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jess: It's funny how Republicans try to disown their own rhetoric when it's convenient.

December 10, 2013 at 1:54 PM  

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