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June 19, 2013

Go, Read: Zapiro On Letting Go Of Nelson Mandela

There's a pretty nice little mini-survey of recent Zapiro cartoons about Nelson Mandela folded into this article. It's hard to imagine anyone in North America offering up a similar series of forthright opinions on a beloved political figure, particularly on such difficult issues as legacy and the roles a family and allies might play in seeking to control certain aspects of dialogue about the figure in question. It's also interesting to me that Zapiro hasn't done a cartoon for Mandela's passing ahead of time; I suspect it is less the assertion of simply taking a pass on the opportunity as it is the cartoonist hopes for specific inspiration after that newsworthy event occurs. I suspect that, anyway. I have no way of knowing. There are a couple of nice cartoons reprinted in that piece, too.
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