Barack Obama shares poignant message about racism in wake of violence at white nationalist rally

Following a violent day of protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, former president Barack Obama offered a poignant message about racism on social media Saturday night.

Obama took to Twitter to offer a reflection on the nature of hatred and love, courtesy of Nelson Mandela.

"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion...," the president tweeted in a series of messages. "People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love..."

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"' ...For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.'- Nelson Mandela," Obama concluded.

The message came following a day of violent unrest in Charlottesville, after white nationalists descended on the city to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Police evacuated crowds from Emancipation Park, where a rally was to be held at noon, after the white nationalists faced off with counter-protesters. Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe was prompted to declare a state of emergency.

The violence culminated in a multi-vehicle incident during which a car plowed into a crowd of counter-protesters. Three people were reported dead, and dozens injured, over the course of the day.

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