– From Gov. Jay Inslee, August 12, 2017:
“No American can ignore the disgusting hate and violence we’ve seen in Charlottesville over the last two days .
“Trudi and I hold the victims of today’s attack in our thoughts, and we know that all Washingtonians who believe in freedom, peace, and justice for all will do the same.
“It is on all of us, from me, to you, and all the way to the President, to denounce and decry the horror we’ve seen today in Virginia.
“But speaking out against this hate is not enough. Our actions as a nation in response to racist, nationalist bigotry will speak louder.
“We can not let anyone stoke racism for political gain. We can’t ignore an attack on our people. And we will not tolerate hate in any form, anywhere, in the United States of America.”
– “Obama Charlottesville tweet is now the most liked ever”
“Obama’s tweet Saturday [Ayg. 12] quoting Nelson Mandela in the wake of white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Va., is now the most liked tweet since Twitter launched.”
“The quote is from former South African president Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom.”
I always knew that deep down in every human heart, there is mercy and generosity. 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.
By William Cummings, USA TODAY, TEGNA.