“When memorializing Nelson Mandela, never let us forget that he was a militant freedom fighter willing to take up arms in the struggle for the liberation of his people. Never let us forget the states and politicians who labelled and vilified him as a “terrorist” and who are now celebrating him. Never let his legacy, strength or courage be whitewashed and co-opted or made into a warm and fuzzy narrative that denies his complete truth. Madiba was a revolutionary and was willing to die for his ideals, his country and his people. He took on empire, he took on HIV/AIDS, he took on poverty…he fought battles most politicians would hide from. Let us hold his complete memory dear in our collective hearts and continue his legacy for the freedom and liberation of all Peoples. To me, Madiba will always represent the hope that we can fight back and win. No matter the odds.”—
—Kalaya’an Mendoza, on his Facebook page that I shared, and am now sharing on Tumblr.
Rest in Power, Madiba. I and many others have so much to learn from you still— both in life, but especially after your death.