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A child sticks a poster of Nelson Mandela on the chalkboard at Northlen Primary

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A child sticks a poster of Nelson Mandela on the chalkboard at Northlen Primary School in Durban, a coastal city in eastern South Africa, on July 18. Wednesday marks 100 years since Mandela’s birth in the village of Mviza. Among the centennial tributes to South Africa’s former president, who died in December 2013, was Barack Obama’s delivery of the 16th #NelsonMandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg one day earlier. His former speechwriter previously said that Obama considers it to be his most important speech since leaving office. The former American president denounced the policies of his successor, without mentioning Donald #Trump by name; he took aim at the “politics of fear, resentment, retrenchment” and decried leaders who are caught lying and “just double down and lie some more,” the Associated Press reports about the remarks at Johannesburg’s Wanderers Stadium. Still, Obama reminded the crowd of thousands that “we’ve been through darker times. We’ve been through lower valleys.” In his closing comments, he said, “I say if people can learn to hate, they can be taught to love.” Photograph by @rajeshjantilal—@afpphoto/@gettyimages



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  1. @cara.met.n.k Apartheid was built because these English and Dutch settlers, after creating South Africa, saw massive influxes of African migrants into their newly formed nation. Rather than kill them as Arabs or the Zulus would have done they created Apartheid to keep a sort of “stay in my zone, stay in your zone” policy. Because of African supremacists and communists, along with media smear campaigns, it fell apart after a few incidents occurred like when tens of thousands of Africans swarmed Afrikaner cops and caused them to shoot. It was a total sham what they did to South Africa. The only mistake of Apartheid was it thought it would be enough to appease Africans who simply showed that Haiti’s slaughtering of French missionaries would not be the end to African barbarism.

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