Mandela Speaks - but the National Civil Rights Museum fails to listen.
a recent visit to Memphis to collect a Freedom Award from the National
Civil Rights Museum, Nelson Mandela gave a speech regarding the widening
gap between the rich and poor, the advantaged and disadvantaged. Laudable
in itself, certainly. but the attendees at this $150 per head, black
tie event, held in the Memphis Ballroom of the Peabody Hotel - the most
expensive in Memphis were the very people Mandela was complaining about.
of bowing their heads in shame, the National Civil Rights Museum spokespeople
proclaimed the evening as an absolute success. Perhaps the champagne
had temporarily dulled the fact, that they are about to spend $8 million
building a shrine to violence, negativity and racial hatred. While they
have the opportunity right now, to spend this money in the way that
Nelson Mandela recommended.
knows there is already a massive chasm between the rich and poor in
Memphis. It exists on the doorstep of the National Civil Rights Museum,
but they fail to see it - or perhaps they do see it, but choose to look
fact is that the National Civil Rights Museum have the power to make
changes, the problem is that they neither understand or care about the
true civil rights issues of this new century. What about the civil rights
of the homeless? What about the rights of teenage single mothers?
much longer can they wash their hands before the social conscience of
the majority, question their motives and condemn their actions.