In 1986, Nelson Mandela — the former president of South Africa who died Thursday at the age of 95 — was serving the 23rd year of what would ultimately be a 27-year prison sentence. The Western world was finally acknowledging the true horrors of Apartheid, a system of racial segregation that denied basic rights to blacks — including citizenship and the right to vote — and brutally oppressed a generation of South Africans fighting for equality.
In the U.S. Congress, lawmakers were ready to show their opposition to the South African regime with the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act, a bill that called for tough sanctions and travel restrictions on the nation and its leaders, and for the repeal of apartheid laws and release of political prisoners like Mandela, then leader of the African National Congress (ANC).
The measure passed with bipartisan support, despite strong and largely Republican opposition. President Ronald Reagan was among those most opposed to the bill, and when he finally vetoed the measure over its support of the ANC, which he maintained was a “terrorist organization,” it took another vote by Congress to override it. Among the Republicans who repeatedly voted against the measure was future Vice President Dick Cheney, then a Republican congressman from Wyoming.
Cheney’s staunch resistance to the Anti-Apartheid Act arose as an issue during his future campaigns on the presidential ticket, but the Wyoming Republican has never said he regretted voting the way he did. In fact, in 2000, he maintained that he’d made the right decision.
“The ANC was then viewed as a terrorist organization,” Cheney said on ABC’s “This Week.” “I don’t have any problems at all with the vote I cast 20 years ago.”
Cheney went on to call Mandela a “great man” who had “mellowed” in the decade after his release from prison.
In 2004, Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards tore into his counterpart’s congressional voting record, calling out Cheney for his vote against freeing Mandela.
h/t: Huffington Post
Reblog if you would watch a Disney movie with a homosexual protagonist.
- No subtext.
- No alluding.
- No “they-could-possibly-be-gay”.
Full-blown, love interest is the same gender, out and proud, homosexual protagonist.
Two princes or two princesses, just please.we need this.
it is canon that Dean actually believed that John’s ghost might be haunting him and making him see things that weren’t there as a means of punishment (in 5x11, Sam Interrupted)
but lmao whatever, John apologists, keep telling the fandom that John’s actions were okay because they were ~*~out of love~*~
Who’s trying to justify John’s actions? Almost all of the meta I’ve seen is either interested in the motivations behind his actions or the consequences/results of his actions, which are very different things.
I keep seeing all of these awesome Lost Girl posts and I’d like to watch the new season. You know of anywhere a girl could do that? Feel free to use my ask box. :)
I’m a Dean girl and I think Ben Edlund is about the best writer SPN ever had. If I hadn’t loved him since the start, that scene with Aaron alone would have converted me because of the sheer amount of nuance. Every time I’ve cringed during an episode this season, I’ve thought to myself, ‘why did Edlund leave us?’
For a fandom so enthusiastic about free will, people sure do give Sam a lot of shit about his choice to take control of his own life and go to college
I think that’s because part of Sam’s decision to go to college was a decision to stick his head in the sand where the supernatural was concerned. And that’s something the show has condemned multiple times (most recently in Hunteri Heroici). His free will and desire for something better wasn’t the problem so much as his ignoring what really had to be done in order to get to that something better.
So everyone keeps saying that Dean is all alone at the bunker now and I’m just like
It is December 6th, and I remember.
I was 13 years old when Marc Lépine opened fire and murdered 14 women for being at engineering school when he wasn’t. He blamed feminism for the situation he was in, and murdered these women for being in non-traditional jobs, for being there.
Every year, the memorials I go to are different. Some are quiet - I remember several winters in the snow, holding candles and reciting names like a talisman against violence.
Geneviève Bergeron, 21 years old. Hélène Colgan, 24 years old. Nathalie Croteau, 24 years old.
When I was younger, they seemed impossibly mature and sophisticated. I used to imagine them laughing and enjoying university, cut down without warning. Now that I’m 35, they seem so young, and I wonder if they were afraid."
Self reblog from last year. Still worth reading. Still remembering.
Today is the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre.
I will not forget.