In a time of immeasurable tragedy, when America and the rest of the world desperately need consolation, Barack Obama’s voice has shone through the darkness in a tweet that illuminates the power of love over hate and the strength of unity over division.
After the events of the past weekend, the nation is justifiably gripped with sadness and fear. During the largest white nationalist rally in a decade, a driver of a van brutally ripped through a crowd of counter-protestors killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring 19 others. Two state police troopers were also killed in the conflict when their helicopter crashed on the outskirts of Charlottesville.
The protest was ignited as a result of the planned removal of Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s statue. The violence and hateful rhetoric and actions of the protesters were widely condemned in many corners of America. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe stated that the demonstrators must “leave America because they are not American”.
But by far, it was President Obama’s graceful yet poignant message that touched the injured hearts of the nation.
The message, which came in a series of three tweets, has garnered a total of over 1 million retweets and 2.5 million likes within the period of 24 hours. In the post, Obama writes, “‘No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…”
He continues, “People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love…”
And finally: “…For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
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