Republicans Backtrack After Tweet Suggesting Racism Is Over
Republicans are now backtracking on a highly offensive tweet which suggested that racism was a thing of the past in America. The Republican National Committee (RNC) intended to honor the legacy of Rosa Parks with their tweet last Sunday morning, but caused outrage after writing, “Today we remember Rosa Parks’ bold stand and her role in ending racism.”
Within hours, the hashtag #RacismEndedWhen began trending on Twitter and users offered their own sarcastic responses to the topic. “#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 RNC tried to backpedal away from the controversy that afternoon by offering a clarification to their previous tweet. “Previous tweet should have read “Today we remember Rosa Parks’ bold stand and her role in fighting to end racism,” wrote the RNC.
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.”
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.