Like most news events these days, the violent and deadly clash between white nationalists and counter protesters in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend drew many people to social media to react in various ways. Former President Barack Obama was one of those people.
Obama tweeted a photograph of himself interacting with a group of small children of varying races and attached part of a quote from Nelson Mandela in which the former South African leader said, “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin …”
"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
The tweet, which went out Saturday afternoon, hours after a woman died after being run over by a car during a protest in Charlottesville, has since become the most liked tweet ever on Twitter, with more than 3.5 million people showing affection for the sentiment.
The image was taken by Pete Souza, who served as official White House photographer when Obama was in office. Souza is very active on social media himself, with 1.5 million followers on Instagram. His posts since President Donald Trump took office have gained increased attention as he aims to juxtapose, through prior images of Obama, how the previous president governed or reacted to circumstances similar to any Trump is facing.
Meanwhile, Facebook has banned the Facebook and Instagram accounts of a white nationalist who took part in the events in Charlottesville, The Associated Press reported Wednesday.
A Facebook spokeswoman told the AP that the profile pages of Christopher Cantwell have been removed as well as a page connected to his podcast. Cantwell was featured in a Vice News documentary about the Charlottesville events, where he is identified as a white nationalist and speaker for “Unite the Right.”
The AP reported that Facebook has also removed at least eight pages connected to the white nationalist movement over what it calls violations regarding the company’s policies on hate speech and organizations.