RIP Nelson Mandela

Nelson_MandelaAnti-apartheid activist and South Africa’s first black president, Nelson Mandela, is dead today at 95.


Though he was in power for only five years, Mandela was a figure of enormous moral influence the world over – a symbol of revolution, resistance and triumph over racial segregation.

He inspired a generation of activists, left celebrities and world leaders star-struck, won the Nobel Peace Prize and raised millions for humanitarian causes.

South Africa is still bedeviled by challenges, from class inequality to political corruption to AIDS. And with Mandela’s death, it has lost a beacon of optimism.

Feb. 1990: NBC’s Robin Lloyd reports on Nelson Mandela on the eve of his release from prison in 1990. Mandela’s name has become a rallying cry for the overthrow of apartheid, but no one but prison guards and visitors have actually seen him since he was jailed 27 years ago.

In his jailhouse memoirs, Mandela wrote that even after spending so many years in a Spartan cell on Robben Island – with one visitor a year and one letter every six months – he still had faith in human nature.

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion,” he wrote in “Long Walk to Freedom.”

“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.”

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  • world fiend

    countdown to the Zimbabwification of South Africa: T-Minus 10, 9, 8…

  • jasonpaulhayes

    Wasn’t Mandela linked to several Russian and Chinese backed Terrorist groups whose operations have lead to destruction, record-level violent crimes, chaos, and genocide?

    A changed man or not, it’s arguable his sentencing was appropriate.

    • Sean Lee Walthour

      WHO are YOU backing, everytime u put gas in your car? Any of your clothing made in sweatshops? Have you ever heard of Abraham Lincoln?
      Do you celebrate thanksgiving? (Genocide) record level violence? Talk about tunnel vision smh

      • jasonpaulhayes

        I don’t own an automobile, the shirt I’m wearing has lasted 8 yrs, no I don’t celebrate thanksgiving and what about Lincoln?

        Mandela is no Mahatma Gandhi, he pleaded guilty to taking part in the orchestration of several bombings.

        • Sean Lee Walthour

          I didn’t ask how long u had ur shirt, I asked WHERE was it made? and I find it hard to believe you only own one piece of clothing, but u have internet access… And if you are american and don’t know about Abe Lincoln, you’re a bigger hypocrite than I thought. the biggest terrorist group on earth today, is america. smh.. have fun with ur head in the sand 😉

          • Dingbert

            . . . and we had Mandela on the terrorist watch list until 2008.

          • jasonpaulhayes

            My clothing comes from thrift stores, rejected clothing that I purchase wholesale and have to repair to wear or clothing that’s gifted to me occasionally.

            Why do you keep mentioning Lincoln? What about Lincoln, his high pitched voice and his wooden teeth? There is plenty of disagreement between myself and my countrymen but that’s hardly a reason to become an Expat.

            “You can never go home again, Oatman… but I guess you can shop there.”

          • Sean Lee Walthour

            I repeat, if you all you can recall of Lincoln is his teeth and voice, ur ignorance is seriously exposed. I would love to see YOUR EXAMPLE of a man worthy of respect and honor. Answering my question of your clothing, only showed you haven’t even considered the relevance. Even the FREE WILL/SALVATION ARMIES, etc. support “sweatshops”. I guess the mountain of things YOU support, directly or indirectly don’t count, since you’re obviously not aware of them. Tunnel Vision must be nice.

          • jasonpaulhayes

            What the hell does Lincoln have to do with anything?

          • Sean Lee Walthour

            I’m gonna just chalk it up to you pretending not to understand what u read. Good night…. anybody with a mind can see the point in mentioning Lincoln, considering the CHARGES YOU HURL at MANDELA.. Only difference is, Lincoln never did time. ill let u forget the rest out wise guy :-)

          • jasonpaulhayes

            So you’re not going to make your point about Lincoln?

          • Sean Lee Walthour

            u can’t be this slow lol.. Goodnight.

        • Dingbert

          Did you know that Gandhi spent his youth in South Africa and developed his satyagraha philosophy of nonviolence there? The ANC was founded at the same time, and, being heavily influenced by Gandhi, used his passive resistance methods for 50 years.
          They didn’t work.

          • Sean Lee Walthour

            exactly, nobody claims the man is perfect, however painting him in such light by Jason, makes me suspicious of his motives and/or level of naivete…

          • jasonpaulhayes

            He should get a Bhagat Singh Prize.

    • Andrew

      And the link was..?

    • Dingbert

      Is that you, Dr. Moeller?

      Umshini wami is absolutely an appropriate response to the Nazi salute.

      • jasonpaulhayes

        You are aware he was found guilty and served 27 yrs in prison?

        • Dingbert

          Yep. Under the rule of the National Party–the neo-fascist weirdos who wrote that article. All defendants refused to appeal as a matter of principle well before the trial was over.

          • jasonpaulhayes

            So when you’re targeting Fascists the innocent victims are just Collateral Damage?

  • InfvoCuernos

    What movies did this guy make?

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