Those of us who lived through--and watched--the unfolding of the fall of apartheid in South Africa--racism was personal with me; I had a close relative marry an African, and the pious sorts in the family boycotted the wedding; this was in the late 70's--want to make sure the lessons of history are not lost.
Tom DeLay in 1990 - Inviting Mandela to speak diminishes the honor of addressing Congress
• Mr. DeLAY. Mr. Speaker, I am saddened to learn that the Members of this body are diminishing the value of the honor of addressing the U.S. Congress.
• Today, Mr. Nelson Mandela addressed a joint meeting of Congress. He is not a head of State nor has he been victorious in his struggle.