There are many things I could write about this week:
How the sign language fiasco at Nelson Mandela’s memorial is an example of how bias keeps us from recognizing or acknowledging issues that for some people are so very vital.
How the stigma of mental illness keeps it in the shadows, and prevents people from accessing information, support and help – and is another example of how bias can isolate.
How a handshake between Obama and Castro show us that moments of humanity and connection can help to build bridges – if we let them. And how determined some are to not let them.
Mostly this week I have wondered if my daughter and her generation will ever see a leader like Nelson Mandela in their lifetime. Someone who stood for, and fought for, human rights, dignity and freedom, who had such integrity and character, and who was so genuine and humble. Someone who did so much, at such a great cost, for his people and what he believed in.
I fear they won’t.
I hope I’m wrong.
Copyright 2013 Annemarie Shrouder
Author, Speaker and Facilitator on issues of Diversity & Inclusion.