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Interview with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate “The Arch”

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Mpilo Tutu, a Nobel Peace Laureate, is one of the greatest living moral icons of our time who was a key role player in the fight against apartheid in South Africa. He was also the first black South African Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa and primate of the Anglican Church of South Africa.

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Archbishop Tutu became heavily embroiled in controversy as he spoke out against the injustices of the apartheid system. He became a prominent leader in the crusade for justice and racial conciliation in South Africa. In 1984 he received a Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to that cause. In 1986 Bishop Tutu was elevated to Archbishop of Cape Town, and in this capacity he did much to bridge the chasm between black and white Anglicans in South Africa. And as Archbishop, Tutu became a principal mediator and conciliator in the transition to democracy in South Africa.

In 1995 President Nelson Mandela appointed the Archbishop Chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a body set up to probe gross human rights violations that occurred under apartheid. In recent years Tutu has turned his attention to a different cause: the campaign against HIV/AIDS. The Archbishop has made appearances around the globe to help raise awareness of the disease and its tragic consequences in human lives and suffering.

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Though his vigorous advocacy of social justice once rendered him a controversial figure, today Archbishop Tutu is regarded as an elder world statesman with a major role to play in reconciliation, and as a leading moral voice. He has become an icon of hope far beyond the Church and Southern Africa. In our eyes… He’s entirely Unreasonable.

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  • Does anyone disagree with what Desmond Tutu is saying in this interview? I'd love to start a conversation off of his thoughts as some are certainly controversial.

  • I don't disagree with Tutu's remarks at all. Yet I recognize that those entities exerting repression will perceive that making freedom more egalitarian is a threat to their power. A lot depends on the scope of view–good for society vs good for ME, long-term vs this quarter.

  • The Archbishop gives Nelson Mandela’s credit in a flawless interview. He sees Nelson Mandela’s time spent in prison not as a waste but a time that was essentially critical. Suffering can either make you very bitter or it can cause you to grow and transform as a person and he exemplifies how Nelson Mandela took the brighter side of his situation. He turned his suffering into a remarkable journey of strength and growth in compassion and understanding of the position of the other. He chose to walk the path of forgiveness and righteousness giving him incredible credibility and authority making him such an inspirational and influential man.

  • It seemed to me that
    Archbishop is very influential and successful. The fact that an amazing
    man like Nelson Mandels appointed him Archbishop chairman of the truth and reconciliation
    commissions is a very big honor and a huge success. He seems he is helping
    raise awareness of many tough issues like disease and HIV/AIDS. I also appreciated
    how in the video he idolized nelson mandels and considered him a great hero.

  • Nelson Mandela was a man unlike many of his counterparts. To have spent 27 years of one’s life in prison and when released, preach forgiveness and cooperation with the apartheid government which imprisoned him in the first place took a lot a character. Now anyone who has researched Nelson Mandela will know in his earlier days that he was involved in some questionable acts of protest (whether he was specifically involved or just his associates), but for a man in his 20s to be placed in prison for the majority of his life and upon his release not being resentful of the government takes a lot. We may not all agree with everything Mandela said and stood for, but I think most of us will agree that it is better to forgive than to harbor bitterness and resentment.

  • It’s an amazing article about Nelson Madela was a unique guy. He turned his suffering into a remarkable journey of strength and
    growth in compassion and understanding of the position of the other. It’s one of the amazing articles that i have ever read about the archbishop of Nelson Mandela.

  • This is a quite insightful interview piece with Archbishop Tutu. What we as a society are in desperate need of is leaders who are also empathetic. WE need leaders and civilians who are able to connect the dots to inequalities of the present with injustices and exclusions of the past. That is how we come into real change.