- Posted December 5, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Nelson Mandela: Your memories
Nelson Madela: Remembered by the Millenials
Nelson Mandela was a man loved by many around the world. Mandela fought for not only his freedom but the freedom of thousands in South Africa. He spent 27 years in prison for fighting for peace and equality. The world watched the events that unfolded upon his release from prison. An entire country was moved by the strong will of one man to continue to fight for peace.
Mandela became South Africa’s first black president in 1994. He served as leader of that country until 1999. Mandela is known for his continued push for equality and a true democracy.
Today the world mourns his loss, but it is most felt amongst the millennial generation. Millenials have taken their condolences to social media once again, and while many of us were not born or were too young to fully remember the achievements of such a great man it is still an important part of our lives and who we have become. As I scroll through my news feed on Facebook and Twitter, I notice a trend. Those who voice their emotional and heartfelt statuses and tweets are the younger folks. Nelson Mandela was 95.
It seems as though the older generations has lost the purpose of such a great icon in modern history, who has changed humanity, or maybe they have chosen not to acknowledge such great accomplishments by the man who lived during their time. One Facebook user wrote, “ Soooo, Nelson Mandela died today at age 95, and all the young people (teens and 20 somethings) on my Facebook newsfeed are commenting. But I’ve yet to see anyone 30 or older post about it…and that’s kinda sh**y, but in a weird way it gives me hope. My generation is so much more socially conscious than the ones before us; most of us don’t even remember when Nelson Mandela was sworn in as South Africa’s first black president, but we collectively mourn his death; we recognize that the world lost a great humanitarian and civil rights activist today.” Breanna Ortner continues, “Meanwhile, our elders haven’t said a thing—they’re posting about Christmas shopping and bad traffic and stuff. And not that there’s necessarily anything wrong with that, but my generation realizes, at least for 5 minutes, that there’s more important things. And that gives me hope that maybe, just maybe, my generation will make the world a better place for all people. RIP Nelson Mandela, we will carry on your legacy.”
19 year old Andrew Christensen posted, “Moment of silence for a fallen leader. Not the most perfect man maybe, but the man who has done so very much for this world. You may have died but you live on in your legacy. Rest In Peace Nelson Mandela…”
Political leaders have expressed their sadness in the passing of Nelson Mandela, but it seems as more of a political condolence from one country to another, rather than a heartfelt message having lived in the time period and seeing all the events unfold.
Here are some post from the millennial generation remembering and keeping Mandela’s legacy alive:
A leader. An icon. A fighter. A legend. An inspiration. RIP to someone who actually made a real difference in this world. #RIPNelsonMandela— Densho Bug-os (@headturnerdj) December 6, 2013