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President Obama, Tens of Thousands Honor Nelson Mandela At Rain-Soaked Memorial Service
Leaders from at least 91 countries gathered along with tens of thousands of South African citizens to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg’s FNB stadium. Undeterred by a constant downpour, the crowds, which included four U.S. Presidents, celebrated Mandela’s life through speeches, dancing, and music.
In his speech, President Obama expressed gratitude to South Africa. “To the people of South Africa - people of every race and walk of life - the world thanks you for sharing Nelson Mandela with us,” the president said. “His struggle was your struggle. His triumph was your triumph. Your dignity and hope found expression in his life, and your freedom, your democracy is his cherished legacy.”
President Obama went on, challenging himself and other world leaders. “For the people of South Africa, for those he inspired around the globe - Madiba’s passing is rightly a time of mourning, and a time to celebrate his heroic life,” he said. “But I believe it should also prompt in each of us a time for self-reflection. With honesty, regardless of our station or circumstance, we must ask: how well have I applied his lessons in my own life?”
It is a question I ask myself - as a man and as a President. We know that like South Africa, the United States had to overcome centuries of racial subjugation. As was true here, it took the sacrifice of countless people - known and unknown - to see the dawn of a new day. Michelle and I are the beneficiaries of that struggle. But in America and South Africa, and countries around the globe, we cannot allow our progress to cloud the fact that our work is not done. The struggles that follow the victory of formal equality and universal franchise may not be as filled with drama and moral clarity as those that came before, but they are no less important. For around the world today, we still see children suffering from hunger, and disease; run-down schools, and few prospects for the future. 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.
Perhaps inspired by Madiba’s example of reconciliation, President Obama greeted and shook the hand of Cuban President Raul Castro, the first face-to-face meeting between leaders from the two countries in roughly half a century.
At least one leader, however, faced the scorn of the crowd. Current South African Jacob G. Zuma’s appearance was met with widespread boos, to the point that the memorial’s producers had to replace video of his speech with a photo of Mandela.
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Telling someone they’re not good enough is not okay
Telling someone they’re not good enough is not okay
I don’t care if you’re joking. I don’t care if you think ‘It will push them to work harder.’ Because it isn’t a joke, and it will not always make someone want to work harder to prove you wrong.
Sometimes they accept it as a fact, then they live with a mindset of “Why try when I’m just going to fail?”
It’s not okay.
I remember acing my AP European History test and being ecstatic about it until I told my father and he shrugged it off like it was nothing. Then I felt terrible for feeling so proud of myself.
My dad does this to me all of the time. I don’t want to try anymore.
I don’t know why parents or educators have this strange idea that if I don’t praise my son/daughter/scholar/whatever, he will be encouraged to do better and work harder. Sorry, not always it doesn’t work that way. A lot of people are motivated with positive reinforcement, not negative: pleased by a good result, they will work harder to be pleased more and to make you proud.
An adult person can accept the challenge and show you that he can do better, but not always a very young person has already the strength to do the same. If you continue to underestimate all the small goals achieved, people grow up insecure, more anxious for reassurance rather than willing to work and improve themselves.
And what will you get in all this? Nothing. Instead, your son will remain insecure for a lifetime, struggling and always asking himself what’s wrong with me? Woah, good job. A+ parenting.
My mother is like that….
friendly reminder that while positive reinforcement is very useful and motivational, be careful that kids understand that they won’t always be the best at everything.
Halle-leuh! *snaps finger sassily*
All of this.
I don’t understand the stress on being “politically correct” when some people don’t like saying “Happy Holidays. I also don’t understand the anger some people feel when they’re told or the wrong holiday. I say “holidays” myself and I’m a Christian and I don’t expect people to say “Merry Christmas” to me. Hell, I’d find it really cool if someone said “Happy Hannukah” or “Joyous Kwanzaa” to me actually.
But actually the problem with this post is that the OP is stating that all black people celebrate Kwanzaa when most don’t -_-
They’re not saying all of us celebrate it. It’s an African-American holiday so it makes sense for an African-American to say it.
Grammatically they were though but I knew what they meant
whose line will forever be one of my favorites