President Obama’s Speech at the Nelson Mandela Memorial

Just a magnificent speech from President Obama – there is just so much to ponder over and learn from.

Around the world today, men and women are still imprisoned for their political beliefs; and are still persecuted for what they look like, or how they worship, or who they love.

We, too, must act on behalf of justice. We, too, must act on behalf of peace.  There are too many of us who happily embrace Madiba’s legacy of racial reconciliation, but passionately resist even modest reforms that would challenge chronic poverty and growing inequality.  There are too many leaders who claim solidarity with Madiba’s struggle for freedom, but do not tolerate dissent from their own people.  And there are too many of us who stand on the sidelines, comfortable in complacency or cynicism when our voices must be heard.

Just awesome. You can read President Obama’s speech in full here.

Update: Seumas Milne in the Guardian on how ‘Mandela has been sanitised by hypocrites and apologists’

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3 Responses to President Obama’s Speech at the Nelson Mandela Memorial

  1. fj says:

    No it wasn’t “awesome”, it was just empty hypocritical worGuantanamo bay is the modern Robben island, I wonder how differently Mandela would have been treated had he rebelled in this day and age.

    Not to mention those that had previously labelled him and the ANC as terrorists and are now clamouring to appear at his memorial.

  2. farrukh says:

    any particular reason why my comment was deleted?

  3. farrukh: I assume you and ‘fj’ are one and the same person? If so, your comment was not deleted. It was simply pending approval based on whether I was online or not to approve it!

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