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Letter to the editor: Keep politics out of the grieving process

Wednesday, December 25, 2013 - 12:01 am

This is a letter in response to the “Handshake sends world a-Twitter” article in USA Today. The article is rather strange – in saying that President Obama and Cuban leader Castro shaking hands during memorial for Mandela is a fabulous stride.

Speaking from a cultural point of view and as a Somali Bantu young person, when one closes his/her eyes, all who attend the funeral service are expected to greet and unite as a sign of respect for the dead.

Furthermore, Sen. Marco Rubio puts his comment on USA Today forward: Obama should have asked Castro about those basic freedoms that Mandela was associated with that are denied in Cuba.

While I respect the senator’s comment and anyone who feels the same, comments can’t be presented at all times even when people are grieving — political or social discussions have a time and place.

Watching Nelson Mandela’s memorial through television and seeing the massive crowds made me feel as if I was in South Africa and at the Memorial.

The legacy Madela has left behind isn’t a legacy that could be described in words, nor was it a time for leaders to argue with each other in honor of a great iconic leader’s memorial service. Thanks to Mandela for touching so many hearts.

Yahya Salah Moburuk