Former President Obama shared a Nelson Mandela quote tonight that condemns racism, just hours after a white supremacist rally in Virginia led to the death of a peaceful protestor.
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion,” Obama posted, along with a photo of himself with children of all backgrounds, “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.” – Nelson Mandela”
This quote came from Mandela’s 1994 inaugural address, when he became the first black president of South Africa. Obama’s post is of course in response to the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that turned extremely violent today. Part of the violence included a car crashing into a crowd of protestors, which resulted in the death of one person and left 15 injured.
President Trump condemned “in the strongest possible terms” the disturbing situation and ongoing violence in Charlottesville, and called for “a swift restoration of law and order.” Although he condemned the violence, he failed to condemn the root cause, hundreds of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members that are holding protests in Virginia. As a result, white supremacists are already taking Trump’s failure to disavow them as subtle support for their cause.
“It’s been going on for a long time in our country, not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. It’s been going on for a long, long time,” Trump said. He ignored questions from reporters about what he thought of the white nationalists at the event who said they supported him and were inspired by him, and thereby ignored a chance to condemn the root cause of the violence today.
We will continue to follow developments in Charlottesville, and will provide whatever assistance is needed. We are ready, willing and able. pic.twitter.com/mCTYBgUePi
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2017
A popular white supremacist site called the Daily Stormer, hailed Trump’s remarks as being “really good,” noting that he “didn’t attack us.” They were also pleased he ignored the questions from reporters asking what he though about white supremacists.
“Trump comments were good. He didn’t attack us. He just said the nation should come together. Nothing specific against us. He said that we need to study why people are so angry, and implied that there was hate… on both sides! So he implied the antifa are haters. There was virtually no counter-signaling of us at all. He said he loves us all. Also refused to answer a question about White Nationalists supporting him. No condemnation at all. When asked to condemn, he just walked out of the room. Really, really good. God bless him.” said the White Supremacist site.