Posted by: coastcontact | December 16, 2013

Nelson Mandela

nelson-mandela-timelineThe overwhelming tribute to this man was a colossal mistake. I have attempted to read every article written about this man.  Not one article I have read tells us anything more than he was incarcerated for 27 years.  That he was a leader in the African National Congress.  That he was an inspiration to the Black people of South Africa.  He did not look for revenge but sought reconciliation.  All good things but do those things make him a great leader?  I do not believe that his contributions deserve the accolades that has received. I am not alone in this opinion. 

South Africa is in tatters.  Most of the black township areas consist of poor people who do not appear to have any path to better lives.  Thousands of White people have emigrated to other nations.

The New York Times March 22, 2012 article only begins to tell the story.  Anthony Bordain’s Parts Unknown on CNN shows some of the poverty.  Without an educated society there is little chance for progress.

Great speeches, smiles, and friendliness are wonderful attributes.  They alone do not make a great person.  This man’s accomplishments were few.  Black Africa needs a leader.  Perhaps this memorial will motivate someone to step forward to fill that position.

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