RIP founder of a nation
"I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die."
Show Racism the Red Card would like to echo the sentiments and words of many people about this great man. His commitment to equality and peace was unshakable and a genuine inspiration to anti-racists the world over.
Nelson Mandela was able to lead the foundation of a new South Africa. As ‘Writer Against Racism’ Gary Younge notes in the Guardian, “Most criticisms of Mandela as a leader were simplistic because they started from the basis of proving or disproving his sanctity, rather than trying to understand him for who he was: a political leader guiding a developing country through a transitional phase. His singular and considerable achievement was to pave the way for a stable democracy.”
Read Gary’s excellent article about Mandela here, there is also a very good ten minute film about his life and legacy available at the top of the article.
Tributes to Nelson Mandela have been made from many supporters of the SRtRC campaign and we will highlight some here.
STUC General Secretary Grahame Smith said, "It is impossible to overstate the legacy of Nelson Mandela. Quite simply, he changed the world and in doing so gave hope to million that even in the face of crushing injustice a better future was possible.
"Not only did he lead the people of South Africa to freedom, in overthrowing apartheid and returning his country to the family of Nations, he provided the most powerful example possible for all who are committed to the cause of social and economic justice.
"He was an inspiration to me and to millions across the globe. He was an astonishing and remarkable human being - a man of great wisdom, dignity, fortitude, integrity and compassion. He endured decades of persecution with the same strength and courage he demonstrated in reaching out to his persecutors.
"Nelson Mandela embodied all that is good in humanity.
"He was a revolutionary leader who became a President and the greatest statesman we have even known.
"He did is duty and his long walk is over. Ours continues emboldened by his example.
"Nelson Mandela - Madiba- Rest in Peace. "
Sanjiv Vedi, Chair, SRtRC Wales Advisory Committee said "The man who epitomised freedom, equality, and fight against injustice is no longer with us. I had the grace to meet him and cannot begin to describe the presence he had. It was a moment that will live with me forever. Hero and statesman, he said that 'he will fight against white domination and he will fight againt black domination'. He symbolises reconcillation and truth even after 27 years incarcerated on Robben island.
"Today the world has changed.Our condolences to his family, and the people of South Africa. Respect and Thank you for the memories & for the example of how to live your life."