GOP Apologizes For Posting Racist Flowchart to Facebook Page
The Iowa GOP has come under fire for posting a highly offensive flowchart on their Facebook page to identify racism. The flowchart, which was given the title “Is someone a racist,” included a post urging viewers to share it “unless you think the chart is racist, then don’t.” It was quickly pulled by the official Iowa Republican Party Facebook page, but numerous media outlets had already screen grabbed it.
The flowchart asked if the user is white; if the user was anything but white, they were immediately shifted to a bubble called “not racist.” The chart’s only factor in determining whether a white person is racist was the question, “do you like them” The same day that the chart was posted to the Facebook page, Iowa Republican Party chairman A.J. Spiker posted an apology.
“Earlier tonight, a contractor of the Iowa GOP made a post referencing a discussion on race that the GOP believes was in bad taste and inappropriate,” he wrote. “We apologize to those whom were offended, have removed the post and are ensuring it does not happen again
However, this is hardly the first time that the Republican party has posted something that was inflammatory or flat-out racist. Last month, the Republican National Committee posted a tweet commemorating Rosa Parks’ act of civil disobedience by thanking her for her “bold stand and her role in ending racism.” The RNC corrected their tweet and apologized for the controversy just hours later. Last July, Republican Rep. Steve King said that most undocumented American immigrants have “calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.”