Contrast in acceptance of Mandela, Obama

December 10, 2013 

Watching the extensive coverage of Nelson Mandela's life that has been presented in the past few days, I have been struck by the contrast between his acceptance and support by all races and parties and the hate, resentment and resistance from the right after the election of President Barack Obama.

The images of Mandela on a dais backed by white generals and leaders of the police, the effective transition of power and attempts at reconciliation are a stark contrast to the actions of those who met on inauguration night to map out a strategy to make sure that Obama would fail, regardless of the consequences for the nation.

I hope that at least a few of my fellow Americans also recognized the irony that a country that had been under the oppression of apartheid could more easily and effectively accept a black president than could "the land of the free and the home of the brave."

Dave Riggs


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