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Obama Reacts to Charlottesville Violence With Nelson Mandela Quotes

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The former president called for peace in a series of tweets.

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Win McNamee

Aug 13, 2017

The devastating violence in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday, led to Governor McAuliffe declaring a state of emergency. Plans to remove a statue of the Confederal General Robert E. Lee from the city, saw white nationalists clash with police and anti-racist protesters.
Barack Obama responded to news of the violence, by posting a series of tweets referencing Nelson Mandela. In the tweets, Obama calls for peace.

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“People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love…”
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 13, 2017

“…For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” – Nelson Mandela
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 13, 2017

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In the series of tweets, Obama writes,
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion. 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.” His calls for compassion, and an end to violence caused by racism and bigotry, have been liked and retweeted by people all over the world.
20 year old James Alex Fields Jr. was arrested after driving a car into a group of counter-protesters, which caused the death of a 32 year old woman, and left dozens injured. He’s since been charged with second-degree murder. And two more people have been declared dead after a helicopter, that was monitoring the rally, crashed.
While President Trump has been heavily criticized for blaming “many sides” for the unrest, instead of denouncing the white nationalists for their bigotry and violence, many politicians and celebrities have spoken out against the clash on social media.

CALL IT WHAT IT IS. IT. IS. TERRORISM.
— Zendaya (@Zendaya) August 12, 2017

My heart is in Charlottesville today, and with everyone made to feel unsafe in their country.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 12, 2017

The white nationalist demonstration in #Charlottesville is a reprehensible display of racism and hatred that has no place in our society.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) August 12, 2017

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