Yesterday former South African president Nelson Mandela passed away at the age of 95. Mandela led South Africa out an era of oppressive policies akin to a pre-1964 American South. He was an international hero of democracy, equality, and peace.
I'm rather ashamed that the Sheriff of nearby Pickens County in my home-state of South Carolina refused to fly the flag at half-staff despite an order from the President of the United States. He claimed that the honor should only be reserved for Americans, but knowing the ultra-conservative reputation of Pickens County, I doubt that was his real reason.