Nelson Mandela, one woman’s words, and the whole world’s dignity

by Ken Feltman

An elderly black woman stood for hours in the hot sun and the long line, moving slowly, waiting to vote. A white man approached with a camera and crew. He was from a station that still supported apartheid. Spotting the old women, obviously uncomfortable in the oppressive heat, he thrust a microphone into her face and demanded to know what she would gain by sweating for hours in the blazing sun.

She answered in a sure voice: “My dignity.”

She and all the others who waited through the intimidation and heat of that day were standing not just for their dignity, but for ours, too.

The long line snaking toward a polling station in Soweto in 1994

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About Radnor Reports

Ken Feltman is past-president of the International Association of Political Consultants and the American League of Lobbyists. He is retired chairman of Radnor Inc., an international political consulting and government relations firm in Washington, D.C. Feltman founded the U.S. and European Conflict Indexes in 1988. The indexes have predicted the winner of every U.S. presidential election beginning in 1988, plus the outcome of several European elections. In May of 2010, the Conflict Index was used by university students in Egypt. The Index predicted the fall of the Mubarak government within the next year.
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