Remembering A Giant, Today: Nelson Mandela

Today the memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Ubuntu sums up the man and also my concept of the world: we are all connected. http://blog.ted.com/2013/12/09/further-reading-on-ubuntu/  In Lakota the concept is “we are all related” Mytakuye oyasin http://www.wolfwalkercollection.com/articles/aho-mitakuye-oyasin

I can find no better example of the power of his legacy than this brief description of events which happened just a little while ago at the Memorial. President Obama was speaking:

“Mandela’s gift for uniting foes across political and racial divides was still evident at the service.

Walking up the stairs onto the stage to deliver his speech, Obama shook hands with Castro, an unprecedented gesture between the leaders of two nations that have been at loggerheads for more than half a century.

Obama, who like Mandela was his nation’s first black president, has cited Mandela as his own inspiration for entering politics.

“To the people of South Africa — people of every race and every walk of life — the world thanks you for sharing Nelson Mandela with us,” he said, calling him a “giant of history.”

To roaring applause, he said the icon’s death should prompt self-reflection.

“With honesty, regardless of our station or our circumstance, we must ask: How well have I applied his lessons in my own life?” Obama said.” http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/10/world/africa/nelson-mandela-memorial/index.html

We truly are one race, the human race. In sports when the identity of groups of peoiple are collectively minimized, insulted and trivialized it is wrong. tradition is no excuse. Recently I ran across someone who dismissed the issues as “too P.C.”  meaning too “politically correct” I looked into the origin of the concept and found the usual historical  fussing and fuming but the best summary I found is right here: http://politically-correct.net/  In racism issues the onlky identity that is correct is “white.”

I have to laugh, sadly but still a small laugh–who is “white” enough? More tomorrow, including new brain research on “us” and “them. “

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