Tracking the News #3

1. Nelson Mandela dies as South Africa mourns (Thursday, December 5, 2013)

2. The source of the story was Hamida Ghafour, Foreign Affairs reporter and Jennifer Yang, Global health reporter for the Toronto Star.

3. Timeliness- The article is very timely because of the fact that it was published only hours after the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela.

4. Importance- The death of Nelson Mandela is very important because he was such a prominent political figure. He stood up to white South Africans who were in favour of apartheid and manage to obtain the same freedom for black people in the South Africa that white people had already had. His courage and determination set examples for everyone around the world.

5.Prominence- The story is prominent because of the fact that Nelson Mandela was a person known world wide. No matter where you live, you know who he is. He set an example for mankind to follow. He is recognized as one of history’s most respected figures.

6. To me, the only oddity in the event is that I feel like the death of Paul Walker earlier in the week seems to be more of a dominant story compared to the death of Mandela. This to me, is a very unfortunate situation and really doesn’t look great on my generation. Maybe it is because more people are know who Paul Walker because of his appearance in film but Mandela was historical figure for the ages. Both deaths are very unfortunate, don’t get me wrong, but I feel like Mandela’s isn’t being recognized as much as Walker’s was at this time in their deaths.

My reaction to the story of Nelson Mandela’s death was extreme sadness. The man put up a courageous fight with a lung infection. Mandela has been recognized around the world as one of the most influential leaders and a very respected man. He spent 27 years in prison for encouraging black South Africans to go on strike and for illegally leaving South Africa. Mandela ended apartheid in South Africa and was not only an inspiration to his fellow black South Africans, but also to everyone around the world. The barrier at the time of Mandela’s reign over South Africa was between black and white South Africans. The whites wanted no part of dealing with the blacks, yet he united the country as one. This act was displayed in the 2009 movie Invictus was directed by Clint Eastwood. In 1995, the Rugby World Cup was hosted by South Africa. The team, made up of primarily white South Africans, came in and won the World Cup. The team wasn’t expected at all to win but managed to defeat the powerful team from New Zealand in the final. Throughout the event, Mandela brings South Africa together and encourages everybody, no matter what colour of skin they have, to support their country’s rugby squad. To unite a country like Mandela did, courage is greatly needed. What Mandela did is recognized as one of the most inspiring actions to ever take place and will forever be remembered. Despite the fact that the world knew Mandela was close to death, he is still and will always be greatly missed. His legacy lives on in South Africa and the world abroad. The man is used as an example of what courage looks like and himself along with his actions, will never be forgotten.


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