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Obama’s Tweet Quoting Nelson Mandela Is the Most Liked Tweet of All Time

Obama's tweet currently has more than 4 million likes.

Four days ago, ex-US president Barack Obama tweeted, “‘No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…’”


The tweet is an excerpt of a famous quote by ex-South African president and apartheid struggle hero Nelson Mandela from his book Long Walk To Freedom:

“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.”

Obama was tweeting in response to the racially motivated violence which erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The tweet is currently sitting on more than 4 million likes, making it the most liked tweet in the history of the social media platform.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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