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6 December 2013

Deaths of Public Figures

Indeed.
Today, we lost a huge person.

Nelson Mandela was an amazing person. He did everything in his power to end the apartheid in South Africa, going so far as to get imprisoned, but emerging 27 years later and becoming the first black president of South Africa

He's one of those people who just will never be forgotten. Along with Martin Luther King Jr, John Kennedy and many others whose names will stand the test of time.

Mandela was freed from prison 5 days before I was born, and was elected to presidency when I turned 4 years old. I learned a lot about him and Apartheid during my primary school years.

Rest In Peace, Madiba. You've earned it.
But the main thing I'm here to really get at is the quick digs some people are using only hours after the announcement of his death.

Mainly left leaning bloggers and columnists (of which I consider myself a part of) are using this brief moment of global mourning to throw jabs at the Right.

https://twitter.com/DavidCornDC/status/408725959823474689
http://www.reddit.com/r/ukpolitics/comments/1s759s/what_tories_thought_about_nelson_mandela_before/

I've seen many a tweet proclaiming that "Conservatives weren't quite so sympathetic 25 years ago" along with old posters which say "Hang Mandela"

Yes. It was a shocking thing to say. But that was 25 years ago. Can you at least give it a few days, maybe a week or two before using such a high-profile death for political gain. Please?

Did we not learn from his example? He was forgiving, even inviting his captors to his inauguration ceremony.

I'm cutting it short today, but I'm going to leave you with a few quotes that really strike home with me.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” 

“Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.” 

“Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” 

and most importantly:

“It always seems impossible until it's done.” 

R.I.P Nelson Mandela. 1918 - 2013