Tribute to Nelson Mandela

Unquestionably many of the greatest African innovations are due to our creative responses to the challenges of our daily life. From a period of Homo habilis, we presided over the mandate to be dynamic in force, creative in purpose and humanist in orientation. Nelson Mandela formed a multiracial “Government of National Unity” to manage the transition to a post-apartheid national government. He established the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to investigate human rights and political violations committed by both supporters and opponents of apartheid between 1960 and 1994, and introduced numerous social and economic programs designed to improve the living standards of South Africa’s black population. In 1996, Mandela presided over the enactment of a new South African constitution, which established a strong central government based on majority rule and prohibited discrimination against minorities, including whites. Read More @ (History.com) However, Africans are still faced with skeptic suspicion in public policies and laws that are unnecessary, unduly and disproportionately stigmatizing Africans origins. This stigma was also felt by Obama when he was profile, asked in a vicious fashion about his transcript and for his birth certificate as if he’s not an American born citizen.

It is unfortunate, that in 2018, we see America that was once a symbol of hope for emerging democracies around the globe replicate itself back to the history of a nation that was founded on slavery and white privilege. Among these illustrations, it is legislation’s that are predominantly race motivated by a culture that created laws like separate but equal, stand your ground, Job and Tax Cuts Act, and coupled in an industry that is obsessed and nearly erotic intensity with guns as the manifestation of manhood. Abraham Lincoln once said; “Through passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection”. Thus, portrayal of black maleness that expresses a menace in South African culture or other cultures need to be decoupled in the collective imagination of non-racial societies were race has no plural form. As we hold each other accountable, and once -we recognize that African are still the recipients of the outrageous indignity around the globe- the stigma of racism can be easily understood while implementing permanent solutions. A dialogue that suggests both sides on equal footing can be enacted, one that points toward a realized humanity for both the “whites and blacks.” Humanity is for God and we need not miss opportunities to correct racism in its form or shape. As we remember Nelson Mandela, we are remanded that, human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… every step toward the goal of justice requires service, suffering and sacrifices…Aluta Continua.

Video Credits: History Channel


 

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