Tuesday, December 10, 2013

President Obama Speaks at the National Memorial Service for Nelson Mandela (one heck of a eulogy)

32:56 There is a word in South African "Ubuntu" we are bound in ways invisible to the eye, a oneness in humanity and we achieve ourselves by sharing ourselves with others and caring about others around us. 

32:37 He changed laws but he also changed hearts.

 33:30 We know that like South Africa, the United States had to overcome centuries of racial subjugation. As was true here, it took sacrifice of countess people those known and unknown, to see the dawn of a new day. Michelle and I are beneficiaries of that struggle. But in American and in South Africa and in countries all over globe, we cannot allow our progress to cloud the fact that our work is not yet done. The struggles that follow the victory of formal equality or universal franchise may not be filled with drama and moral clarity as ones that came before but they are no less important. (I read this as: Our problems are not as bad as times past but it is still pretty bad upon a closer, truthful juxtaposition of the current-day Negroid/Caucasoid relationship). We too must act on behalf of justice and peace.

35:16 There are too many people who happily embrace Madiba's legacy of racial reconciliation but passionately resist even modest reforms that will challenge chronic poverty and growing inequality. There are too many leaders who claim solidarity with Madiba's struggle with freedom but do not tolerate decent from their own people. And, there are too many of us on the sidelines comfortable in complacency or cynicism but our voices must be heard.