The US Democratic leaders are responding to a recent instance of hate crime by American white supremacists.
In a rare statement on Sunday, former US President Barack Obama urged introspection in the wake of the events, quoting civil rights icon and anti-apartheid revolutionary Nelson Mandela.
The first African American president asserted that “love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
“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,” he said in a series of tweets, citing Mandela’s autobiography, “Long Walk to Freedom.”
His former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, also called on political leaders “to be strong in their words & deliberate in their actions.”
“The incitement of hatred that got us here is as…