As a normal young South African women, I was amazed at the news that a black man was going to be released and he is Nelson Mandela, and so what? I was a teenager at this stage and who cared about this really?
Well, yes, so what.....He changed my perspective on the fact that I seemed oblivious to the fact that there are more black people around other than the black man who worked in the garden at our house or at our school.
I never knew most of what was going on with the average black person. Their plight to the right for equal rights. I just took it for granted that I had the right to be anywhere at any time I wanted.
After seeing the love that Nelson Mandela had for people and all colour of people, I took it upon myself to love all races. It has been hard only in the sense that not all South Africans seemed to want to do the same.
Today as a 40 year old women, I have the best people in my life and many of them are black. My niece met her best friend at the age of 3 years of age and to this day they are inseparable....they are now 13 and 14 years old and one is white and one is black, and there is no colour difference for them.
That is the legacy Nelson Mandela left me, that we can love each other no matter the colour of your skin. I am grateful to have had such a role model, even though I never met him, he impacted my life greatly.
My he rest in peace and may his family have the peace only God can give.
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