I remember the day Mr. Mandela was released.
It was, and will continue to be always, as "big a deal" as the Armstrong Moon Landing, as the falling of the Berlin Wall, as the death of JFK/MLK/RFK, as Kent State, Watts Riots, and the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake... As Watergate, as the Fall of Saigon, as the introduction of the iPod... And as every other culturally significant event specific to our human condition.
Nelson Mandella was not a Black martyr, rather he was a martyr who -oh yeah, by the way- just happened to be Black.
Was he Black? I'm sorry, but I didn't notice. Was he American? I'm sorry, but I did not notice that either.
What I did notice was a man who was imprisoned for 27 years and who, regardless of national boundaries or color- came to represent yet another chapter in humanity's on-going saga of both the injustice humanity is capable of inflicting upon itself, as well as the capacity that humanity has to forgive.
So that's what the big deal is about.
But that's just me, I guess.
by John Holden4 years ago
RIP.A great man.
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