Sometimes using Twitter can feel like a shout into the void. There are so many tweets going out every minute that sometimes comments get lost in the shuffle. However, great ones really do rise to the top. Now, one of Barack Obama‘s latest tweets became the most-liked in Twitter history.
Before we get to Obama’s message, we need to add some context. Over the weekend, there was a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. The hate group’s protest, packed with neo-Nazis and white nationalists, was one of the most appalling displays to occur under new president Donald Trump’s regime. The rally even left one woman dead, when a car plowed through a group of counterprotesters.
Rather than denounce the wrongdoers, Trump stated that there was violence coming from both sides of the spectrum. Needless to say, this left many Americans outraged.
Enter: Barack Obama. The former president’s elegant response to the acts of hatred on Twitter shone bright in these moments of darkness. His post referenced remarks from activist and former South African President Nelson Mandela.
In it, Obama wrote, “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion….” Along with the text, he included a picture of himself standing at a daycare window with a diverse group of children looking out.
“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
Since it was posted, the tweet has received 1.4 million retweets, 57,000 comments and 3.7 million likes. A Twitter spokesperson said this passed up the former most-liked Tweet at 10:07 p.m. on August 15. Ariana Grande formerly had the record with 2.7 million likes.
Despite social media’s many issues, it’s fantastic to see so many people sharing and supporting positive messages.