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Nelson Mandela Passed Away at 95

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/12/05/17500450-nelson-mandela-dead-at-95

Such sad news about a great man.

To hit the highlights., the guy lived thru what 27 years of prison? Plus a very poor upbringing to eventually rise to the presidency of his country and live to be 95. That’s fucking awesome, not sad, IMO.

I would say it’s of course sad to see any great person die, but he did indeed lead a remarkble long life that should leave us feeling positive about it all.

Also now we can make Paul Walker jokes without being in completely bad taste.

I’d say once a person makes it over a certain age its not sad they died, 95 should be that age by anyone’s point of view.

I think death is a sad thing, regardless of how long someone lived. Being old makes it more expected, it doesn’t make it less sad.

[quote]sufiandy wrote:
I’d say once a person makes it over a certain age its not sad they died, 95 should be that age by anyone’s point of view.[/quote]

Agreed to a point. My great grandfather was 96 when he died. I wasn’t as sad as his grandkids, but his kids were even less sad. Thats an incredible long time to live, and it should be celebrated.

Plus he went peacefully, wasn’t murdered or died in an accident. I say win for mandela

As a south african, he did what he could to make the world a better place sometimes misguided but always with the right intentions.

All this praise but no mention of his approval of necklacing…

http://www.kaotic.com/25661_Picture-Dump-Necklacing-a-history.html
(NSFW)

[quote]Sifu wrote:
All this praise but no mention of his approval of necklacing…

http://www.kaotic.com/25661_Picture-Dump-Necklacing-a-history.html
(NSFW)[/quote]

Yep no reason to be sad. He planned bombing civilian areas and refused to denounce violence against whites.

Crime and AIDS levels have skyrocketed since he became president and there is a disgusting level of rape now in South Africa.

[quote] Sifu wrote:
All this praise but no mention of his approval of necklacing…

http://www.kaotic.com/25661_Picture-Dump-Necklacing-a-history.html

(NSFW) [/quote]

"The practice became a common method of lethal lynching during disturbances in South Africa in the 1980s and 1990s. The first recorded instance took place in Uitenhage on 23 March 1985 when African National Congress (ANC) supporters killed a councilor who was accused of being a collaborator. The executions were often carried out by mobs in the name of the ANC, but the ANC later denounced the practice. One of the leaders of the ANC was Nelson Mandela. He and his wife publicly endorsed this practice as a means of bringing about change and removing opposition. The ANC were fighting to stop the racial segregation and inequality of native Africans in South Africa. From 1984-1987 there were 682 deaths recorded as being burned alive, half of which were necklacings.

They also did this in Haiti around the same time period as in Africa. As well as in India during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Drug dealers in Brazil also use this method of execution".

A flawless, thoroughly researched and impartial piece of investigative journalism.

http://dailycurrant.com/2013/12/06/kanye-west-i-am-the-next-nelson-mandela/

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He made great contributions to not only South Africa, but to the world. He taught us so many great lessons about life and is one of the few people that made mankind better. He is a man among men-the very best of our kind. Some people are meant to lead a life of suffering to teach others.

He was a gift to the world and there won’t be another like him walks this earth. I believe people like him come around once in a lifetime. He legacy will continue to glow and will always be remembered for eternity.