CF100: 2016 09 04 – The Other Orlando

Each week the Orlando Sentinel asks two questions of 100 community leaders in Central Florida. Those with access to the online Sentinel can read all of this week’s 100-word responses when there are published online  usually Saturday. For those without access, my responses are below. Selected responses appear in the Sunday edition while the on-line comments are available a day or two before.

What was the biggest story of the week?

In Africa, I expected wonderful wildlife, not a “Welcome to Orlando Stadium” emblazoned soccer stadium. We visited Soweto, the South West Township near Johannesburg where blacks were relocated during Apartheid. This government-sanctioned system of segregation and inequality began with National Party in 1948. In Orlando West, part of Soweto, we visited Nelson Mandela’s home and met people from the freedom struggle… intensely moving to learn about this other Orlando. Chilling to hear a white South African say, “I always wondered how the National Party came to power. Now, watching your election, I understand.” Lessons from our sister across the sea.

What will be the biggest story in the coming week?

No submission this week as I am just returning to Central Florida.

 


The series focuses on state and local news.

Read the Sentinel’s introduction to the series

Read my first post on the series.

My posts related to this can be found using the categories in the right sidebar. Click either Central Florida or Current Events.

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