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Roasts and Toasts

December 19, 2013
Morning Journal News

TOAST syndicated columnist Ben Shapiro, whose column appears in the Morning Journal, for having the courage to tell the complete life story of iconic South African leader Nelson Mandela, warts and all. Shapiro properly lauded Mandela for unifying South Africa after being imprisoned for 27 years when he could have just as easily chosen to initiate a race war. But no man is flawless, and as Shapiro pointed out, Mandela was also a "terrorist leader associated with the Communist Party during his early career," and the political movement he founded "was responsible for violence and murder against both military and civilian targets." In this day and age, those who choose to remind us of an unpopular truth can pay a terrible price, especially when it flies in the face of efforts by the mainstream media and popular culture to deify someone such as Mandela. But facts can be stubborn things, and kudos to Shapiro for having the courage to go against the grain.



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