RNC clarifies tweet that suggests racism is over
December 2nd, 2013
09:02 AM ET
10 months ago

RNC clarifies tweet that suggests racism is over

(CNN) – As the Republican National Committee has been working to expand its outreach to African-Americans, it now finds itself playing defense after a well-intentioned but unpolished tweet honoring the legacy of Rosa Parks seemed to ignite some backlash.

The RNC on Sunday, commemorating the day Parks was arrested in 1955, sent out a tweet to recognize the civil rights activist.

"Today we remember Rosa Parks' bold stand and her role in ending racism," its Twitter page read. Attached was a photo of a young Parks.

A few hours after the original tweet, the RNC tweeted a clarification on the latter end of the statement.

"Previous tweet should have read "Today we remember Rosa Parks' bold stand and her role in fighting to end racism," the tweet stated.

But the initial tweet had already sparked reactions from people who took issue with the phrase suggesting that racism has ended. Some people on Twitter started using the hash tag "#RacismEndedWhen," with many taking a sarcastic tone.

Also on Sunday, roughly around the same time as the original tweet, the RNC sent out an email with a message celebrating Parks. The statement included a similar line as the original tweet, but more accurately stated Parks played a role in "fighting racism and ending segregation."

"We remember and honor Rosa Parks today for the role she played in fighting racism and ending segregation. At the same time we rededicate ourselves to the causes of justice and equal opportunity," RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said.

"Rosa Parks was a hero of the civil rights movement," he also said. "On this day 58 years ago, the 42-year-old seamstress took a bold stand-by staying seated. Her arrest ignited a bus boycott that challenged the injustice of segregation and in turn helped to change this nation for the better."

After GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney won only 6% of the African-American vote last year, the RNC has actively worked to change its tone and message to appeal to more African-Americans this year.

Just last month, it launched an African-American Engagement effort in Michigan, after starting similar outreach campaigns in other states, including New Jersey, North Carolina and Virginia.


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  1. TONE

    As always republicans are out of touch with reality.

    December 2, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  2. rs

    Being the party of the Birthers, it would seem much more logical to say the GOP has more likely elevated racism to a higher form. Given the nearly complete rejection of the GOP message and legislation (that being radically anti-civil rights, anti-voter, anti-women, anti-Gay and anti-worker) by virtually all "minority" groups, the GOP once again demonstrates it's fitfull grip on reality.

    December 2, 2013 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  3. Working Dude

    Democrats look for any reason to feel slighted or to play the victim. Racism like crime or politicians lying will never end. Please CNN stop putting junk on here.

    December 2, 2013 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  4. Phyllis Gwendoline Williams

    "Who maketh thee to differ from another:..What hast thou that thou didst not receive?? (1st Corinthians 4: 7)

    December 2, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  5. Ron L

    The truth is many people in the RNC BELIEVE racism has ended now that we have a Black President. What has actually occurred is racism is now being concealed under the guise of voter ID laws, reduction in SNAP programs, reduction in programs that help under privileged children, like early education programs. Many RNC members truly believe most of these struggling Americans are not trying hard enough and if you take away the assistance they will become self sufficient!! But what is really interesting about this position is, they (RNC) are also against a higher minimum wage. MANY working Americans NEED this assistance even though they are full time employees. The RNC is out of touch with what it is like to literally struggle, EVERYDAY of your life even though you work 40 to 60 hours a week. I know what it is like, I had to do it for 18 months during the recession. Believe me it wears you down......

    December 2, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  6. current state of the union

    Just something inherently evil about trying yo convince people who's lives your trying to commit info perpetual poverty, that you really should vote for them, and support that effort, very disturbing, reminds me of Scripture

    December 2, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  7. Dennis Freeman

    They have a lot of experience in walking-back their comments.

    December 2, 2013 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  8. Tony

    Today we remember the RNC's dumb tweet and its role in ending the Republican Party.

    December 2, 2013 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  9. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Wonderful outreach RNC! How can you claim racism is over when the TEAhadists are within the republican caucus. Not to mention you have jerks flying confederate flags in front of the White House and folks like Ron Paul speaking of nullification. Racism is alive and well in conservative Amurika.

    December 2, 2013 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  10. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Republicans actually convince themselves that they aren't racist and then laugh when they see posters of President Obama with a bone in his nose, or salivating over a watermelon.

    December 2, 2013 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  11. Rudy NYC

    I think the original tweet speaks volumes about just how out of touch the RNC is with any resemblance of reality.

    December 2, 2013 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  12. rs

    Working Dude

    Democrats look for any reason to feel slighted or to play the victim. Racism like crime or politicians lying will never end. Please CNN stop putting junk on here.
    ___________________________
    Yeah, I tend to feel victimized by a party that wishes to take away my right to vote; to have a livable wage or a retirement program from my employer. I get cranky when the old white guys say I should just visit the ER for health care, or that Social Security and Medicare are evil. I really reject their assinine notion that 47% of Americans aren't worth anything, while they lavish the rich with useless tax cuts.

    December 2, 2013 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  13. Gurgyl

    GOP is gone to dogs, man, for at least Fifty years or so. USA is more aware than the old idiots rants, wars, loots, cheats, cry on ACA Laws etc. Pathetic, does not matter whether Criss Christy or Sarah Palin hard to even win, GOP is gone to dogs.

    December 2, 2013 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Working Dude

    Democrats look for any reason to feel slighted or to play the victim. Racism like crime or politicians lying will never end. Please CNN stop putting junk on here.
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    There you go again. Projecting. Nice try. It's the right wing that has refined the righteous indignation act to an art form.

    December 2, 2013 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  15. MaryM

    Guess that Republican autopsy did not work. Republicans continue to do exactly the opposite of what that autopsy report said.

    December 2, 2013 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  16. KBNJ

    What's wrong with the original tweet? It doesn't say racism is over, just that it is ending. Hopefully that's true.

    December 2, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  17. rs

    KBNJ

    What's wrong with the original tweet? It doesn't say racism is over, just that it is ending. Hopefully that's true.
    __________________________
    At face value, you are correct, and in fact the GOP's problem might be little more than a typo- if it weren't for what the GOP actually does.
    To its creepy core, the GOP does everything it can to exploit, and minimize support for working Americans in favor of their wealthy base. They pass laws against women, voting, Gays, civil rights- all impacting poorer Americans and minorities. The GOP contains the birthers and the TEA Party- both of which have pushed the boundaries on acceptable public demonstrations of racism.
    In my youth the GOP were the suburbanites with their cocktails discussing the possibility of of a race-blind America- now they just parade under confederate flags and say unspeakable things of our twice duly elected President. From theoretical social liberals to the KKK in 50 years. Pretty sad, and very demented.

    December 2, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  18. TONE

    They should have tweeted that when Obama was elected president racism escalated.

    December 2, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  19. Malory Archer

    Working Dude

    Democrats look for any reason to feel slighted or to play the victim.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Project much? For example, just recently the half-term governor from alaska made a really ignorant remark comparing debt to slavery, much like your ilk compares EVERYTHING to slavery, which just serves to triviailze a very dark chapter in our brief history. Well, an MSNBC host schooled her on the ignorance of her remarks, and ever since, your ilk has been whining and crying that the MSNBC host attacked her because she's a: woman; rethug; crizshun. They also suggested that since he isn't an American citizen he should be fired and deported, and that since he's of middle eastern descent his family was involved in the slave trade, so he should keep his mouth shut. And this is just one example that came right off the top of my head. Give me five seconds and I'll think of ten more.

    December 2, 2013 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  20. much thunder..little rain

    racism is doing well in america ...from both races..ck out the attacks on whites from black gangs" polar bear "hunting..yes black on white hate crimes

    December 2, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  21. Rick McDaniel

    The black racists in America, will not allow their racism to die..........they intend to garner the benefits of claiming racism, forever, in America, whether those claims have any merit or not.

    December 2, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  22. Malory Archer

    Rick McDaniel

    The black racists in America, will not allow their racism to die..........

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Yeah, except "black racists" aren't parading around under disgraced flags, carrying signs depicting white people as negative stereotypes and caricatures, demanding that white elected officals vacate their offices, nor have they ever done so. Your hatred has blinded you to your own ignorance.

    December 2, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  23. Rudy NYC

    KBNJ

    What's wrong with the original tweet? It doesn't say racism is over, just that it is ending. Hopefully that's true.
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    If you do not understand that "ending" something means that it is "over" and done with, then no explanation is sufficient for you.

    December 2, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  24. Randy, San Francisco

    Are Tea Partiers and conservative purists ignoring RNC Chairman Prebus' memo on outreach to minorities?

    December 2, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  25. The Real Tom Paine

    -Rick McDaniel

    The black racists in America, will not allow their racism to die..........they intend to garner the benefits of claiming racism, forever, in America, whether those claims have any merit or not.
    ***************
    And once again, the apologist for secession and hating Lincoln speaks out yet again on a topic he/she/it knows nothing about. If the Right's claims about race had any merit, we might be willing to listen, but they have shamelessly exploited white racial fears in order to gain temporary, tactical political advantages. Are there racists in the black community? Of course there are, but the ham-fisted actions of conservatives have done little to dispell the impression that they are hostile to minorities. You just keep feeding people's fear, and proudly walk around proclaiming you are " not politcally correct", or some other nonsense.

    December 2, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
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