reminder that this movie took female stereotypes and smashed the ever living hell out of them
Nelson Mandela, who led the emancipation of South Africa from white minority rule and served as his country’s first black president, becoming an international emblem of dignity and forbearance, died Thursday. He was 95.
The South African president, Jacob Zuma, announced Mr. Mandela’s death.
Mr. Mandela had long declared he wanted a quiet exit, but the time he spent in a Pretoria hospital in recent months was a clamor of quarreling family, hungry news media, spotlight-seeking politicians and a national outpouring of affection and loss. The vigil even eclipsed a recent visit by President Obama, who paid homage to Mr. Mandela but decided not to intrude on the privacy of a dying man he considered his hero.
Mr. Mandela will be buried, according to his wishes, in the village of Qunu, where he grew up. The exhumed remains of three of his children were reinterred there in early July under a court order, resolving a family squabble that had played out in the news media.
Mr. Mandela’s quest for freedom took him from the court of tribal royalty to the liberation underground to a prison rock quarry to the presidential suite of Africa’s richest country. And then, when his first term of office was up, unlike so many of the successful revolutionaries he regarded as kindred spirits, he declined a second term and cheerfully handed over power to an elected successor, the country still gnawed by crime, poverty, corruption and disease but a democracy, respected in the world and remarkably at peace.
The question most often asked about Mr. Mandela was how, after whites had systematically humiliated his people, tortured and murdered many of his friends, and cast him into prison for 27 years, he could be so evidently free of spite.
The government he formed when he finally won the chance was an improbable fusion of races and beliefs, including many of his former oppressors. When he became president, he invited one of his white wardens to the inauguration. Mr. Mandela overcame a personal mistrust bordering on loathing to share both power and a Nobel Peace Prize with the white president who preceded him, F. W. de Klerk.
And as president, from 1994 to 1999, he devoted much energy to moderating the bitterness of his black electorate and to reassuring whites against their fears of vengeance.
The explanation for his absence of rancor, at least in part, is that Mr. Mandela was that rarity among revolutionaries and moral dissidents: a capable statesman, comfortable with compromise and impatient with the doctrinaire.
When the question was put to Mr. Mandela in an interview for this obituary in 2007 — after such barbarous torment, how do you keep hatred in check? — his answer was almost dismissive: Hating clouds the mind. It gets in the way of strategy. Leaders cannot afford to hate.
Good Guy Pope Francis
That is what it means to be a good Christian/Catholic.
Take notes Westboro Baptist Church.
Take notes Christians and Catholics in general.
That’s why I like this guy, and I’m not even Catholic
I like this guy, and I’m not even religious
I love this guy!
Since May my mom has been dealing with Bells Palsy and the after effects of eight “mini strokes”. Now I already knew this woman was one hell of a fighter but now I know she is unstoppable. She was back to work in September and her speak was completely normal. It was remarkable. Three days ago the numbness and speak impairment came back.. When she told me I wanted to cry. I get so scared thinking about the day when she won’t be around, and these health issues make me think about it more. I need my mom more than anything - she is my rock.
Now those who know me, know that a year or so ago my mom and I couldn’t be in the same room without getting into an argument about something. But none of that matters now, I’m done feeling guilty about my behavior and I’m done holding a grudge over hers. All that matters is my mom is here, and every day I get to keep her around makes my life better.
I can never stop posting this. The narrow minded bible fanatics that just look at one small thing in the bible then feed the world with their hate over it. At the same time they ignore all the other silly laws made by man they claimed were made by god. These gif’s say it all.
Omg this was best post I’ve seen today, I will never scroll by this. EVER