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Mandela’s death is world’s greatest loss

Posted: December 10, 2013 1:36 p.m.
Updated: December 11, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Recently, the world has lost and suffered greatly with the loss of an irreplaceable human being, former South African president, former African National Congress president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela.

Mandela called for the liberation of South Africa from its brutal history of apartheid. And during this period, the South African government -- and by some western countries, including the United States of America -- the African National Congress was classified as a terrotist organization.

He never answered racism with racism. His life has been an inspiration to all who are opposed to opression and deprivation.

He spent 27 years in prison for a change to vote, leading civil disobedience campaigns and for his role in an act of sabotage to violently overthrow the government.

When he emerged from prison in 1990, he lead a campaign of reconciliation with the repressive White regime that had institutionalized racism in the system known as apartheid.

Addressing this similar problem in the United States requires bringing its roots to the surface; tackling it at this level is must if positive changes are to occur in our children’s lifetimes.

We must move beyond the mistrust and and power struggles to work together for the future our marginalized youth.

Years from now, history will reflect that Nelson Mandela did the right thing at the right time on that issue. Let’s pray that our and other world leaders will find the courage to stand up for equal justice for all people and to oppose all other forms of discrimination.

Nelson Mandela was a man who contributed to a just society and the world.

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