Nelson Mandela – Rest in Peace

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I can’t tell you how much I admire this man.  He has inspired the world and even-though we all have an appointed day, his lost is painful.  I shed a tear that I may not see another man like him.

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Nelson Mandela, the first president of a democratic South Africa and a respected leader of the anti-apartheid movement, died at 95 after several months of health issues. Mandela joined the African National Congress (ANC) in 1943 and was sentenced to life in prison in 1964, after eight months of trial with seven others. Before the trial, Mandela made his iconic, impassioned speech — “An ideal for which I am prepared to die” — from the dock. Below is an excerpt of his speech.

“South Africa is the richest country in Africa, and could be one of the richest countries in the world. But it is a land of extremes and remarkable contrasts. The whites enjoy what may well be the highest standard of living in the world, whilst Africans live in poverty and misery. Forty percent of the Africans live in hopelessly overcrowded and, in some cases, drought-stricken Reserves, where soil erosion and the overworking of the soil makes it impossible for them to live properly off the land.”

Can we not relate this to share-cropping in the south during Jim Crow era?
“The complaint of Africans, however, is not only that they are poor and the whites are rich, but that the laws which are made by the whites are designed to preserve this situation.”

Can we not as Blacks in America relate to these types of tactics?
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from Wikipedia:

Mandela died of a lung infection on 5 December 2013 at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg surrounded by his family. He was 95 years of age.] His death was announced by President Jacob Zuma.[

On 6 December Zuma announced a national mourning period of ten days, with the main event being an official memorial service to be held at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on 10 December 2013. Mandela’s body will lie in state from 11 to 13 December at the Union Buildings in Pretoria and a state funeral will be held on 15 December 2013 in Qunu.

Police and Young Black men …

A Pittsburgh man shot multiple times at a traffic stop demands justice.

excerpt from theroot.com

On Nov. 11, 2012, just before 10 p.m., Leon Ford Jr. looked in his rear-view mirror and saw flashing lights.

Ford pulled to the side of the road. Almost everything that happened next — whether Ford should have been stopped, what happened when Pittsburgh police officers approached Ford’s car, what Ford and the three officers said and did, even the order of events — is disputed.

But this much is not: Ford, 19 at the time of the incident and unarmed, was shot multiple times and left paralyzed below his waist and now faces up to 20 years in prison. He has been charged with aggravated assault along with two counts of reckless endangerment and traffic violations, including running a stop sign and reckless driving.

The amazing and most inhumane part of this story is what happened once he was in the hospital.  His family was not allowed to see him.  He had more than one surgery was listed as critical and this mother was not given common decency to hold her son’s hand.  For all she knew he was dying.  How would you feel if you thought you son was dying but they wouldn’t let you see him?

Now, a year later listen to his parents and his attorney, Benjamin Crump, are speaking to journalist Jeff Johnson about the incident that night, the life Ford had before the shooting and what his future holds.