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At one point, South Africa banned Mandela's photo

Everyone is coming out of the woodwork to praise Mandela--and rightfully so--but it's important to realize that not so long ago some very awful parts of our country routinely demonized him. And the ruling class in South Africa made it a crime to even possess a photo of him. Remember: They Outlawed Mandela's Photo - Esquire
If at any point over the coming days, weeks, and months to come, you find yourself confused as to how to navigate the thicket of pictures of Nelson Mandela coming at you in every country in the world, bear in mind this salient fact of history: it was once illegal in South Africa to have a picture of Nelson Mandela in your home. Look at your Twitter feed, your blog feed, your television channels, your radio, and the front page of every newspaper and magazine tomorrow and remember: it was once illegal to have a picture of Nelson Mandela in your home. Narrative landscapes can be messy, and they vary from country to country, but there was a time when having a picture of Nelson Mandela in your home was against the law. We watch too much TV, but there is Mandela on your TV in your home, and there is the old archive footage of him walking hand-in-hand with Winnie Mandela, and there was once a time when he would have had no right to be there, but there he is, there — smiling, present, patient, and sharp and emphatic in his rhetoric and delivery. There is no such thing as too much media saturation when it comes to Nelson Mandela’s life and Nelson Mandela’s memory, because there was once a time when his image didn’t exist, was illegal. As the moments pass after his death, we see a raised fist — Mandela's fist — finding the screen and breaking through. Ngiyabonga.

December 03, 2013

Delta bumps passengers so that a basketball team can take their seats

The basketball team's chartered plane broke down, so Delta bumped a bunch of people off their flights and sent them to other airports--by bus--to fly home. Those bumped people missed important events--a FUNERAL--while the ballers got to their game a day early. Delta Bumps Passengers So University Of Florida Basketball Team Could Fly Instead | ThinkProgress
The University of Florida men’s basketball team ran into a small problem upon leaving Gainesville Sunday night: the charter jet the Gators were supposed to use to get to a road game against the University of Connecticut was grounded for maintenance. Luckily for the Gators, Delta Airlines was there to fix the problem for them. At the expense of other travelers. Delta, according to a report in the Gainesville Sun (via Gawker), told passengers on flight 5059 out of Gainesville that their flight was canceled thanks to maintenance issues on their plane. That’s when a few passengers saw the Florida basketball team boarding the plane instead. A Delta spokesperson told the Sun that “due to operational need and aircraft routing requirements as a result of the busy travel holiday,” the airline chose to cancel the commercial flight. The flight was originally scheduled to leave Gainesville at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Florida’s game against UConn didn’t tip off until 7 p.m. Monday. So while the Gators landed in Connecticut about a day before their game, some of the original passengers weren’t so lucky. According to the Sun, one missed an appointment with a moving truck during a cross-country move. Another was a student who had to drive to Atlanta to make a required event. Yet another missed a funeral. Delta’s spokesperson said all the passengers were booked on new flights. Some of those flights, however, originated from other airports in Jacksonville (80 miles away), Orlando (130 miles), and Tampa (140 miles), and at least one of the passengers had to wait until Monday to catch a flight. The airline also provided the passengers with vouchers for future flights, though it did not disclose the values. Delta is required by federal transportation law to compensate passengers who are bumped from flights, up to $650 if arrival is delayed by one to two hours and up to $1,300 if arrival is delayed longer. The Department of Transportation fined Delta $750,000 in June for violating laws regarding the involuntary bumping of passengers.