Thursday, February 11, 2010
Stoked For Mandela
It's twenty years ago to the day since Nelson Mandela was released after twenty seven years imprisoned on an island off the Coast of Cape Town. When I consider the sorry shower of goons we have in charge here, you can struggle to remember that there are any politicians who are worth a hill of beans. Nelson Mandela is one of only a few, remarkable exceptions that I can think of.
Today's anniversary had me wondering about all that time Mandela spent in jail so near and yet so far from the pleasures of the ocean and the surf scene that his fellow countrymen (and women) were enjoying while he festered in the clink.
What if he'd never spoken out, never fought the fight and kept his head down? Like I said before, some ads I just don't get, but this is one is rather wonderful. Produced for the Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten - the Danish newspaper that ran those Mohammed cartoons back in 2005 - it makes a point about free speech and activism that hits home hard.
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