On Mandela

This isn’t the post that I had planned for today but a series of conversations surrounding Nelson Mandela’s birth and whether it calls for international celebration led me to make a change. My thoughts on USA Basketball can wait.

On my drive to work this morning, a local DJ mistakenly called Nelson Mandela the first African-American president of South Africa. Not ten minutes later, I recieved a text message from a disgruntled friend, lambasting the DJ for what we can assume was a misspeak. She wondered how many African-Americans understand Nelson Mandela’s contributions to the global community.