Don’t Forget Mandela

I’m catching up on Obama news that I missed when mostly offline last week and one thing that’s bugging me is the whole “this is the only place this could happen”, “the only place where a member of a minority can become president”. Ahhhh NO. At the very least remember Nelson Mandela who won the first South African election after the end of segregation. One could argue that in a lot of instances women are a “minority” which has also been very badly treated and yet quite a few countries have had women presidents for a while now. Don’t get me wrong: momentous occasion, hell of an accomplishment, etc. But, as always, Americans seem to be forgetting what’s happened elsewhere, thought it was worth a mention.

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