Republican National Committee Tweet Says Racism Is Over
Did the Republican party suggest that racism in America is over? The Republican National Committee (RNC) put out an unpolished tweet that attempted to honor the legacy of backlash, but ended up stirring plenty of controversy in the process. The RNC Twitter page, @GOP, tweeted on Sunday morning: “Today we remember Rosa Parks’ bold stand and her role in ending racism.”
The tweet also included a photo of Parks and her famous quote, “You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.” After the questionable tweet went viral within minutes, the RNC tweeted a correction on their previous message and wrote: Previous tweet should have read “Today we remember Rosa Parks’ bold stand and her role in fighting to end racism.”
The RNC then sent out an e-mail that night which honored and celebrated the legacy of Parks. Calling her a “hero of the civil rights movement, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said that the GOP would “rededicate ourselves to the causes of justice and equal opportunity.”
However, the damage had already been done. The hashtag #RacismEndedWhen quickly became a trending topic as Twitter users offered up their own sarcastic responses. “#RacismEndedWhen black was in vogue and colorblind was a term of endearment,” wrote Donna Brazile. Twitter user Nakia also tweeted: “#RacismEndedWhen the iPhone was available in black and white.”
The questionable tweet did little to help the RNC in trying to improve their image among African-Americans. After Mitt Romney won just 6 percent of the African-American vote during the last Presidential election, Republicans have been working hard to change their tone and message in order to become more appealing to minorities.