RNC clarifies tweet that suggests racism is over
December 2nd, 2013
09:02 AM ET
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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. max

    The GOP is proving they are "down with the Internets and Twitters."

    December 2, 2013 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  2. Kal

    I wonder if any one ranting against a poorly worded tweet remembers that it was DEMOCRATS who FOUGHT FOR slavery during the Civil War, created Jim Crow Laws, created the welfare state that has decimated families of African descent, fought integration in the south, and plays the politics of racebaiting, always insinuating that since one is not white, they must not be held to the same standard, and have to be given preferential treatment (affirmative action).

    December 2, 2013 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  3. DB

    Everybody knows that racism was ended in America in the 19th century when the 14th Amendment was ratified. Parks and King were just "playing the race card."

    December 2, 2013 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  4. Mr.HowdyDoody

    Racism. Alive and kicking until Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson die.

    December 2, 2013 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  5. MilitaryAF

    The joke is the GOP actually BELIEVES they have a chance in the next series of elections!

    December 2, 2013 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  6. Name

    ThomasE
    Check the Nixon's southern strategy and which party the Dixiecrats went to. The New Democrats are the old GOP and the new GOP is the old democrats.

    December 2, 2013 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  7. re333

    The GOP needs to do alot more than throw out a few catchy slogans...

    December 2, 2013 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    ThomasE wrote:
    "Has everyone forgotten that it was the republicans who pushed for civil rights and inegration?"

    No, but evidently the GOP has....years ago. I guess you missed the bus when the parties switched their stance on this...have you been living in a cave?

    December 2, 2013 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  9. Thatguy371

    When you're a political party that full of racists, sometimes it's tough to come up with the right fake sentiments.

    December 2, 2013 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  10. dejavu65

    Only the racist GOP themselves could mess that one up...tell us how you really feel...lol

    December 2, 2013 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  11. JJ

    The party of the Stupid White Men has become soooo predictable, it's not even funny anymore. It's like watching a snail crawl from salt pile to salt pile. :)

    December 2, 2013 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  12. Rick

    Pro Tip to the GOP: To win the African-American vote, find a candidate worth voting for.

    Kthxbai

    December 2, 2013 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  13. Darryl Miller

    Now you don't have to go far to see we still have a lot of RACISM here in the United States just look at the latest blogs in on the Chicago Sun Times Newspaper or even just go to New York City where the Stop and fisk... Or just go to Florida... Really wild..

    December 2, 2013 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  14. Doug

    Really? Anyone reading the original post and taking it to a controversial level is just plain "looking for an excuse" to react. The original post was not in anyway offensive and clearly was meant as a decent tribute to Ms. Parks.

    So, just stop with the fake and dumb whining. Its like finding a ten dollar bill and complaining that is wasn't a twenty.

    December 2, 2013 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  15. Bill

    I admire Rosa Parks for standing up to the racist Southern Democrats of her day.

    December 2, 2013 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  16. Doug

    Really? Anyone reading the original post and taking it to a controversial level is just plain "looking for an excuse" to react. The original post was not in anyway offensive and clearly was meant as a decent tribute to Ms. Parks.

    So, just stop with the fake and dumb whining. Its like finding a ten dollar bill and complaining that it wasn't a twenty.

    December 2, 2013 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  17. deltaecho

    85% of black Americans still think 0 is trustworthy. Not worth trying to change their 12% minds.

    December 2, 2013 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  18. brian

    Well intentioned? That's a stretch.

    December 2, 2013 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  19. Patty

    Wow they are getting good at the googles in the Repub party too, now if they could just figure out how to send out a tweet that doesn't insult an entire race in one sentence. Wow what a bunch of capable people don't they make you feel warm and fuzzy.

    December 2, 2013 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  20. Sophie Meyer

    Wow. There's nothing like the republican outreach to minorities...nothing beats it's comedic value.

    December 2, 2013 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  21. theemptyone1

    Rosa Parks was part of a plan and not the only one. She was a part of a set up designed to trigger responses, just like all the indecency at Selma was meant to trigger a response. Now that it is no big deal when whites get knocked out for fun nationwide and a black president will give a Medal of Freedom within weeks of one black woman who says the not enough whites have died and a feminist leader who said that there are still "too many pale males" in the corporate world, the plan initiated in the late 1950s by the CPUSA has finally neared it's goal. Just remember, "The Dream" was never about equality, but usurpation, removal and calculated, systematic genocide.

    Yep, time to start with the accusations and denouncing; it's all part of your programming.

    December 2, 2013 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  22. Jim

    As Ronald Reagan would say, "There you go again."

    December 2, 2013 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  23. theemptyone1

    Rosa Parks was part of a plan and not the only one. She was a part of a set up designed to trigger responses, just like all the indecency at Selma was meant to trigger a response. Now that it is no big deal when whites get knocked out for fun nationwide and a black president will give a Medal of Freedom within weeks of one black woman who says the not enough whites have died and a feminist leader who said that there are still "too many pale males" in the corporate world, the plan initiated in the late 1950s by the CPUSA has finally neared it's goal. Just remember, "The Dream" was never about equality, but usurpation, removal and calculated, systematic genocide.

    Yep, time to start with the accusations and denouncing; it's all part of your programming.

    December 2, 2013 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    She helped end segregation not racism. How can they be so dumb.

    December 2, 2013 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  25. Know Your Subject

    The idea of honoring Rosa Parks seems to have been lost in the mad rush to engage in partisan political criticism.

    December 2, 2013 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
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