In the aftermath of the horrific Charlottesville riot, people are finally starting to recover and move forward. As a nation, we always knew there was a lot of hate and bigoted anger, but this recent violence indicates that it is far more potent than we ever imagined. Three people lost their lives that day, alongside 38 others injured.
Lots of people have rightfully been criticizing President Trump’s initial response to the event, pointing out how he was trying to create a false equivalency between the counter-protesters and the domestic terrorists that instigated the attacks. While a proper condemnation came two days later, it felt more like a consolatory speech than anything else.
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Luckily, there is another person out there that knows how to properly respond to these situations and encourage the nation to move forward. We are talking, of course, about former President Barack Obama. Since the end of his second term, Obama has been popping up every now and then, but no one can deny that he remains popular in the country. Which makes it all the more meaningful that he crafted a beautiful Tweet quoting former South African President Nelson Mandela in response to the event.
"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…" pic.twitter.com/InZ58zkoAm
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 13, 2017
It’s a heartbreaking truth that resonates now more than ever. Differences arise because children are taught that inconsequential things like skin tone or sexual orientation determine an individual’s personality. Everyone bleeds the same color, and we should work to unite the country rather than divide it as President Trump is doing with the Republican Party.
Obama’s Tweet has aligned with people across the country, prompting it to jump to the second most liked Tweet in Twitter history. The replies to it have come from regular citizens inspired by Obama’s words. Take a look at some of the responses:
Unite on this simple truth. All colors of humanity are one humanity. Children know this truth till adults & the system corrupts their minds.
— Yo-G (@TheRealYoG) August 13, 2017
God bless you President Obama! Your legacy can never be erased because no trump or party can remove love & respect from hearts of the people pic.twitter.com/m4hPVV31GV
— #Ex-GOP #Resistance (@MonicaRivpin) August 13, 2017
for me it was all that clear – an amazing reminder for all of us – and I LOVE THE PICUTRE !!
— Budgies & Pat (@jordijaywebde) August 13, 2017
We genuinely miss this President.
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