Apple Remembers Nelson Mandela on Its Homepage

Apple has removed all product placements on its homepage tonight and has instead replaced them with an image of Nelson Mandela, honoring the late South African president's life a day after he passed at the age of 95.

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Apple executives had previously commented on Mandela's death on Twitter, with SVP Phil Schiller tweeting a quote from Mandela. CEO Tim Cook also tweeted a quote, but offered thoughts on the passing of Mandela as well:

Amazing human being. Champion of freedom and human dignity. He set an example for all of the world. RIP Nelson Mandela. We miss you already.

This is one of the few times Apple has honored someone's life on its homepage, with the others being people such as Rosa Parks, board member Jerry York and Steve Jobs.

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proline Avatar
137 months ago
Great guy, big proponent of freedom and liberty. Of course if you didn't agree with him he could always send his wife (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winnie_Madikizela-Mandela#Criminal_Convictions_and_Findings_of_Criminal_Behaviour) to murder you by tying a burning tire around your neck. And of course once he got power and she became a liability he dumped her. Other than that though, Mandela was a wonderful person.
Score: 41 Votes (Like | Disagree)
skottichan Avatar
137 months ago
I see all of the acts of terrorism that Mandella engaged in that landed him in jail have been forgotten or just brushed aside.

I know right? Fighting against the white minority, who cracked down on the black majority for wanting things like protection under the law, voting and property ownership. How dare he.

Yes, he committed acts of terrorism, so did the American colonists.
Score: 36 Votes (Like | Disagree)
fedup flyer Avatar
137 months ago
I see all of the acts of terrorism that Mandella engaged in that landed him in jail have been forgotten or just brushed aside.
Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)
trife Avatar
137 months ago
Great guy, big proponent of freedom and liberty. Of course if you didn't agree with him he could always send his wife (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winnie_Madikizela-Mandela#Criminal_Convictions_and_Findings_of_Criminal_Behaviour) to murder you by tying a burning tire around your neck. And of course once he got power and she became a liability he dumped her. Other than that though, Mandela was a wonderful person.

Oh c'mon, Mandela would never do that since he cleaned up his act. If you did disagree with his policies he would do nothing more than shake your hand and secretly order a 7-year tax audit on your non-profit organization, like he did with Dr. Peter Hammond.

Incorrect. Mandela said that there is "no alternative to armed and violent resistance" and helped organize the ANC into a cell structure to facilitate persistent violence. Over the years, the ANC was involved in the deaths of thousands. This went on for thirty years, during which time Mandela somehow convinced a bunch of people he was a man of peace.

Now a person could well come to the conclusion that violence was justified against apartheid (or communism for that matter). However, the point remains that Mandela was a man of violence, nothing like JP2.

Oh look. It's these guys. Didn't take long for you to show up.

I love when people go out of their way to poo-poo the good things someone has done by bringing up the negative things they've done, as well. Are all the people you look up to free of blemish? Remember, behind every castle there is a crook--behind every amazing individual, there is the underbelly of their life that doesn't look so great in the public eye. I could give names but you could pick literally anyone who is cherished by the masses and I can guarantee you they've done/said things they're probably not proud of. Hell, America was built by these types of people

And let's not forget the atrocities committed against black South Africans that led to the violence the pre-prison bid Mandela advocated. Not saying you fight fire with fire, but what do you do when nothing else works? Something had to give. Apartheid was NOT Jim Crow, so please don't even attempt to imply that Mandela should've taken the MLK Jr. route.

And most importantly, don't forget that he denounced that violence after walking out of prison. Now, that doesn't absolve him of his past. But it does show that he recognized the error of his ways as any good man would do.

Stay classy, sirs.
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)
proline Avatar
137 months ago
Mr. Mandela left behind a legend.

He, similar to Pope John Paul II, promoted peace and were able to bring South Africa out of a violent system, just like the Pope brought Poland out of communism.... peacefully.

I have nothing but great respect for Mr. President.

Rest In Peace!!!
Incorrect. Mandela said that there is "no alternative to armed and violent resistance" and helped organize the ANC into a cell structure to facilitate persistent violence. Over the years, the ANC was involved in the deaths of thousands. This went on for thirty years, during which time Mandela somehow convinced a bunch of people he was a man of peace.

Now a person could well come to the conclusion that violence was justified against apartheid (or communism for that matter). However, the point remains that Mandela was a man of violence, nothing like JP2.
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nylon Avatar
137 months ago
I see all of the acts of terrorism that Mandella engaged in that landed him in jail have been forgotten or just brushed aside.

Since when was the apartheid regime not considered a terrorist regime. It sure acted like one. Oh that's right white terrorism is less evil then terrorism committed by people of a darker skin tone. :rolleyes:
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)