I had realized, as a white South African, there’s a choice to be made about which side you are on — whether you continue to bury your head and continue to enjoy the privileges of being white, or you whether you take the step against injustice.
He probably will be remembered both inside and outside South Africa as a political saint. He had flaws that he had to overcome. He had a temper he had to deal with. He had to deal with what was going to be life imprisonment. Not all his decisions were great decisions, but what political leader’s are?
Michael Parks, the former editor of the Los Angeles Times who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1987 for his coverage of Mandela and South Africa’s struggles.
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.