Let us not Wait to Honor Madiba.

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on Dec 27, 2012
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Let us honor him while he still lives. Let him feel our praise and gratitude, and let it warm him in his final days, weeks, or years. Let’s not wait until he passes and then knee-jerk release tributes and archival, grainy black-and-white footage and say nice things about him and then forget him as our news cycles on, and on, and on.

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For Madiba is a special one, a hero, a man who overcame his own anger, a man who combined the best of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., to become his nation’s Moses, or George Washington, setting enlightened precedents so that the fate of a nation might learn to smile, so that thousands or poor and conflicted boys and girls might stand a chance at a life of peace and joy.

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Oh, Madiba, thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you.


He showed us the way past hatred and prejudice and fixed ideas, to humanity and heart and sad joy. He himself is most thoroughly human—not a god, not perfect, but better: a hero, a true servant of the people.


His life story:

From this summer:

His inauguration speech:

His 1994 speech (an excerpt):


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One Response to “Let us not Wait to Honor Madiba.”

  1. dave says:

    Then also please stand up and speak out on how his legacy is being betrayed by racist, corrupt and incompetent leadership in our country.

    Where children spend 9 months out of the year waiting for textbooks to arrive in their classes, while the ANC drink Moet and charter airplanes for family shopping trips to New York at taxpayers expense. Where billions upon billions of Rands are unaccounted for while schools and hospitals fall apart, or children learn in the dust under trees. Where the president sings songs about his machine gun, and says" that women must become mothers in order to learn their place". Speak out against how the same president can spend R250 million on improving his homestead out of taxpayer pockets, while millions cook their food on coalstoves, and walk miles to fresh water. Speak up against R64billion arms procurements gathering dust as politicians' pockets jingle. Speak up against legislation to gag a free media, strong armed through parliament by the same corrupt rulership. Speak up against the singing of hate songs, against 15000 violent murders a year, against politically connected fraudsters lining presidential pockets and improving their handicaps on the golf course while on medical parole for "terminal illnesses". Speak up against an education system where your senior year pass mark requirement is 30%, to inflate the statistics of a failing system and fail to equip young adults with any realworld competencies. Speak up, as you did against apartheid, because 24% unemployment leads to idle hands, and the worst numeracy and literacy ratings in Southern Africa lead to idle thoughts, and empty election promises and lost generations lead to revolution.

    And that is not what Madiba meant for us.

    I was raised to believe that my non-white fellow South Africans were lesser humans, and required firm guidance in order to remain stable and productive. Lesser beings with lesser rights, barbarians and terrorists, barely out of their loincloths. The first 10 years of my life was spent living under this illusion, and Madiba changed all that on his release from prison. Here was this feared terrorist, this source of propaganda and school yard bomb drills, this "swart gevaar" (black danger)… preaching love and reconciliation, ushering in a democracy that created an equal society, where the pursuits and pleasures of freedom and brotherhood were for once, all of ours. Where South Africa became a shining beacon of hope in a tumultuous world, on a continent rife with dictatorship, hegemony, genocide, hunger and war. To bring such a fundamental shift in ingrained, socialised convictions in me, a child of the previously advantaged, and the hearts and minds of my peers, and sway the beloved country from a path of certain civil war -overnight!- is nothing short of a miracle.

    And now there is nobody to carry the torch of his vision among our leaders, feeding at the trough of Africa's (at this time still…) richest economy. Fat cats and liars, betraying his ideals and the dreams of a nation.

    Remember him and help us.

    Rest well Tata, some of us still believe and will not rest from the Stuggle until all South African are truly equal. Equal in both the responsibilities and pleasures of liberty.