The passing of Nelson Mandela brought the world to a halt late yesterday, and has continued today as people from all over reflect on his profound grace, courage, and his leadership in bringing healing after turmoil to the people of South Africa.
Around the world, many have publicly commented and paid their respects to South Africa's first black president, who was elected after spending 27 years imprisoned for his efforts to fight the apartheid and their racist white-minority rule that oppressed the country.
"We've lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth," said current U.S. President Barack Obama, the first black leader of his own country who said his first public activism was an anti-apartheid protest. "He no longer belongs to us. He belongs to the ages." Senator Wendy Davis said "He was a hero who brought different groups together to improve the lives of all. He fought for the very soul of democracy - that everyone have a voice in their government."
And even our Senator Ted Cruz shared kind words and condolences to Mandela's family and the people of South Africa. Unfortunately, the response to his statement on his Facebook page did not reflect this sentiment.
And while Ted Cruz's Facebook page has never been ground zero to discover human intellect and compassion, the outpouring of racism, bigotry, and ignorance was absolutely unprecedented to see for a man who had just recently passed and did so much for the country he led. Instead, the majority of comments referred to Mandela as a communist and a terrorist. This tastelessness should be considered not just a low for Republicans, but for Texans and Americans all over. Cruz should be ashamed of his supporters for this level of tastelessness.
Read some of the horrible responses below the jump.