Tweet Of Obama Is The Most Liked In Twitter History
Poignant recent anti-racism tweet of Barack Obama has just become the most liked ever in Twitter history.
The former President of The United States’ tweet condemned racism in the wake of the violent far-right rally in Charlottesville during which one woman died.
Alongside a photo of himself after his daughter Sasha’s fourth-grade graduation, Obama shared a moving quote from Nelson Mandela.
With over 3 million likes and 1.2 million retweets, the tweet of Obama has just become the most liked in Twitter history. The tweet overtook Ariana Grande’s tweet in the wake of the attacks in Manchester.
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…”
The former US president followed the tweet with more from Mandela’s autobiographical Long Walk to Freedom: “People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love.
“For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
Each has had more than a million likes, and hundreds of thousands of retweets.
Far-right protesters opposing the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E Lee from Emancipation Park rallied in Charlottesville on Saturday. Many waved burning torches and wore Nazi or other white supremacist regalia. They were met with counter-protests from antifascist campaigners, who were targeted by a man who drove a car into a group, killing civil rights activist Heather Heyer and injuring several more.
James Fields – who was was photographed earlier on Saturday standing with the neo-Nazi group Vanguard America – has been charged with a number of offences, including murder and malicious wounding.
In the wake of Heyer’s death, many in the US and across the world criticised a terse response from President Donald Trump on Twitter, followed by a press conference in which he failed to condemn white supremacists.
A day later, Trump did explicitly denounce “the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups”, but his words were undermined within hours when he staged an extraordinary press conference, in which he blamed violence “on many sides” and insisted that some of those at the Unite the Right rally were “very fine people”.
Many on social media pointed out the difference in tone between US presidents 44 and 45.