Unfortunately, a media that lionizes change makers from above, and ignores movements from below, will always downplay that lesson, lest they encourage similar struggles beyond borders on today's global issues. As a friend once told me when I went to South Africa at age 25 to enlist in that then-against all odds freedom struggle, "its not the ship that makes the waves, but the motion on the ocean."
News Dissector Danny Schechter is a New York based blogger, editor of Mediachannel.org, author of 16 books, and director of more than 30 documentaries including six with and about Nelson Mandela.
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News Dissector Danny Schechter is blogger in chief at Mediachannel.Org
He is the author of PLUNDER: Investigating Our Economic Calamity (Cosimo Books) available at Amazon.com.