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Entries in South Africa (3)

Monday
Jun272011

VIDEO: Michelle Obama In Africa

Michelle Obama wrapped up her trip to South Africa and Botswana over the weekend. The First Lady visited the two southern African countries to meet and speak with young people, promote youth education, health and awareness, do a few push-ups with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and perform her duties as First Lady with a little soft diplomacy. Needless to say, it looks like everyone enjoyed each other. In a White House produced video, Mrs. Obama talked about meeting Nelson Mandela, one of her many highlights from the trip.

Videos from the First Lady's trip after the jump.

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Wednesday
Jun222011

PHOTOS: Michelle Obama In South Africa

From CBS NewsFirst Lady Michelle Obama, along with daughters Sasha and Malia, and "First Grandmother" Marian Robinson, is in the midst of a six-day trip to Africa, where she is currently visiting South Africa and will later visit Botswana. Tuesday, Mrs. Obama, her mother and daughters all got to meet activist-turned-political prisoner-turned-President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, resulting in me, once again, badly wishing I was either A) Michelle Obama, B) Sasha Obama, C) Malia Obama or D) Marian Robinson.

I'm not picky. I'd be happy to be any of them!

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Wednesday
Dec092009

A Love Worth Dying For

The American Constitution was set up, specifically, to protect the minority from the tyranny of the majority. It was written in a time when in large swaths of Europe the church, primarily the Catholic Church or in our founders' case, the Church of England, dictated the daily lives of most people. If you wished to worship differently you were subjected to everything from harassment to death and this is why there is such an emphasis on the separation of church and state (even though some have forgotten why that separation was placed there to begin with).

Over time, as our country has evolved, the "minority" has gone from protecting religious minorities to different socio-economic groups to ethnic minorities to racial minorities to gender and others. There is a reason why major issues like interracial marriage and women in the workplace didn't come down to a vote. If it had been up to the will of the majority, women wouldn't serve in the military, blacks would still be slaves, all gays would stay in the closet and everything would be as it was in 1787 when only wealthy, white male landowners could cast ballots.

Sometimes the mob is wrong. Horribly, horribly wrong and wants nothing more than to bully those different from themselves. Case in point: the war against gays and Lesbians in parts of Africa.

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