A comedian spent MLK Day tweeting to racists that he loved them
While many people spent their Martin Luther King, Jr. Day drinking with friends or collecting offensive tweets from brands, comedian Solomon Georgio attempted to live out King’s message of kindness and love on Twitter.
For MLK day, I will now search for maliciously racist tweets & tell the author that I love them. — Solomon Georgio (@solomongeorgio) January 20, 2014
He searched out people using the N word, and told the person—usually some kind of insane white power advocate—that he loved them.
Some people ended up deleting their original tweets, after a brief exchange:
.@justinw001234 That word hurts a lot more than you think it does, but I still love you.
— Solomon Georgio (@solomongeorgio) January 20, 2014
Other exchanges reached a dead end, though the original racist tweet was deleted:
At the end of the day, Georgio admitted that he didn’t actually do much at all when compared to MLK:
Thank you all for the kind regards, but sitting in my pajamas typing ‘I love you’ isn’t MLK comparable. Let’s all do more!
— Solomon Georgio (@solomongeorgio) January 21, 2014
Still, it’s incredibly heartwarming and refreshing to see King’s message of love carried out—especially online, where that kind of sentiment is sadly rare.
H/t: Emily Gould