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Triangle residents remember Mandela's legacy

Posted December 6, 2013

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— The death of former South African President Nelson Mandela weighed heavy on the hearts of residents across the Triangle Friday.

Raleigh defense attorney Joe Cheshire said he counts Mandela as one of his three heroes, along with his father and Martin Luther King Jr. 

"I know some people will think this is extreme, but he was a Christ-like figure," Cheshire said. "He went to prison for 27 years and came out selfless, not an angry man." 

The Rev. William Barber Mandela's legacy inspires many across NC

Mandela, who died on Thursday at the age of 95, is a global symbol of sacrifice and reconciliation in a world often jarred by conflict and division.

South African President Jacob Zuma made the announcement at a news conference saying, "we've lost our greatest son."

North Carolina NAACP President William Barber argued the accolades for Mandela the forgiver can't overlook the importance of Mandela, the fighter.

"We can't jump to President Mandela and forget the Mandela that struggled, the Mandela that was condemned, the Mandela that spoke truth to power," Barber said. 

Achille Nbembe, a visiting professor from South Africa, had the opportunity to met Mandela. Nbembe said he believes the most important legacy is learning how to turn hate into love. 

"That vicarious suffering. He managed to transfigure it and turn it into a gift," Nbembe said. 

Robin Kirk, program director with Duke University's Human Rights Center, said she believes Mandela's determination is one of his greatest legacies. 

"It wasn't we won now we get to stay," Kirk said. "He really wanted to negotiate his way through that transition for a better place for South Africa."

 

 

 

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  • lopo Dec 10, 2013

    Didn't he lead African National Congress a communist support organization, and didn't Mandela spend 27 years in prison for violent terrorist acts against society. He did have good intentions but the news should report the complete truth and let people make their own descisions.

  • stymieindurham Dec 9, 2013

    Our president had no RIGHT to order United States flags flown at half mast for this COMMUNIST.
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    Mine didn't fly half mast for the racist communist. Oh, and just HOW is South Africa better since Mandella? Doesn't look any better off to me.

  • welfarequeen Dec 9, 2013

    THIS says it! GOP Mourns Nelson Mandela, Won't Mention Reagan, Cheney, Religious Right Opposed Him, Supported Apartheid

    http://www.opposingviews.com/i/religion/christianity/gop-mourns-nelson-mandela-wont-mention-reagan-cheney-religious-right-opposed#

  • frosty Dec 9, 2013

    He was a poster child of the PC liberals who will have him remembered as they want him remembered, weather it is true or not.

  • goncampn2 Dec 9, 2013

    HE WAS A COMMUNIST!! What is to celebrate about that. Our president had no RIGHT to order United States flags flown at half mast for this COMMUNIST. Mandela wasn't even American and he did not like Americans!! Amazing how people forget.

  • foodstamptrader Dec 9, 2013

    "Remember this quote as they try to convert this freedom fighter, who led an armed struggle against an oppressive and unjust regime, into an empty pacifist icon they can use to teach the poor and oppressed that it's wrong to take up arms against injustice: Nelson Mandela was one of ours."

    Yea he was one of yours alright. One of Castro's and Mugabe's too. What about the poor and oppressed black South Africans that died a horrible death from necklacing during Mandela's noble struggle.

    some of you are just laughable. a man dies and he all of sudden become beatified and history is forgotten....

  • foodstamptrader Dec 9, 2013

    ""We can't jump to President Mandela and forget the Mandela that struggled, the Mandela that was condemned, the Mandela that spoke truth to power," Barber said."

    The Mandela that called the US an wicked Imperialist power.

    The Mandela that embraced Castro and supported murderous Mugabe as he killed and stole the land from white farmers.

    The Mugabe that had thousands "necklaced" (burned alive with a tire around the neck) as race traitors.

    Very Christ like indeed.

  • PDMARTIN Dec 9, 2013

    You are right, "christ" is a considered my many people in the world ( including me and my family) as a fictional character, Mandela was a living breathing human being who actually helped people.

    welfarequeen

    Interesting you say that when Mandela himself believed in the Lord and Christ and made mention of that many times

  • welfarequeen Dec 9, 2013

    I'm really tired of people comparing mortals to a higher standing. We are not and never will be "Christ-like" I don't care how much good they have done the world. PDMARTIN

    You are right, "christ" is a considered my many people in the world ( including me and my family) as a fictional character, Mandela was a living breathing human being who actually helped people.

  • Half Red Half Blue Dec 9, 2013

    Just one thing to say about the comments here so far: WOW.

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