RNC clarifies tweet that suggests racism is over
December 2nd, 2013
09:02 AM ET
11 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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soundoff (397 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Randy, San Francisco

    Are Tea Partiers and conservative purists ignoring RNC Chairman Prebus' memo on outreach to minorities?
    ----------------------
    No, they haven't ignored the memo. They're just too ignorant. They're just too set in their ways to truly understand and relate to people outside of their bubble.

    December 2, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    And this is the group that is the alternative? Tell me, what have they done in recent year that warrants them being to allowed to go anywhere near DC?

    December 2, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  3. Boo

    Bill Maher is right. The GOP lives in a bubble.

    December 2, 2013 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  4. Imjesayin

    Repubs- You are pathetic sycophants. Your desperation is palpable. Please give up. It's sad really. Blacks don't trust you. For good reason.

    December 2, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  5. GatorDude

    Stay strong my brothers. Racism will end when teens stop playing the knockout game, ministers stop calling us Devils, and we can walk safely in any neighborhood.

    December 2, 2013 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  6. JSB

    Seems the only folks hung up on race... are liberals. Perhaps they should examine their racist attitudes

    December 2, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  7. Rosslaw

    The teatards would have advocated having Rosa Parks undergo an "educational" session of invasive ultrasound if they had had their way to "cure" Mrs. Parks of her "troublemaking" tenencies. I guess the rightwing universe doesn't have any of its own heros to offer as an example of real courage.

    December 2, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  8. RoomWithAMoose

    And once again, the RNC is the butt of their own joke... Stewart and Colbert have serious competition...

    December 2, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  9. GOP still a bunch of OLD WHITE RACIST CRY BABIES!!!!

    Typical right wing drivvle. Watching the right learning how to use technology is as entertaining as watching a chimp try to use a telephone!

    December 2, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  10. peavey

    "If it hurts a bunch of lazy blacks that want the government to give them everything, so be it,"

    Don Yelton, FORMER GOP precinct chair of Buncombe County in North Carolina

    quit pretending y'all aint racist; own it.

    December 2, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  11. Lemon

    If CNN comments are any indication, racism is far from over.

    December 2, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  12. ellid

    As once again the Republican Party shoots itself in the foot....

    December 2, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  13. Scott

    Why do people need to pick apart every statement made in an attempt to turn it in to something negative?? INTENT IS EVERYTHING!!! They made an attempt to be more understanding. Why punish people for good deeds?? Unreal. America just LOVES to stir the pot. People act like 5 year old kids that get offended about everything said. Grow up people. Unreal.

    December 2, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  14. Stop the Madness

    PC has gone amuck. Can't we all just get along?

    December 2, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  15. Maine liberal

    On the same day the GOP (Limbaugh) declares the POPE communist.. go fig

    December 2, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  16. Zac

    This is potentially the least important thing that people are pretending to care about. The RNC had no intent to say that racism was over, it is obvious even with the original message. Of course, the Libs have to get their shots in, taking another opportunity to piece together the biggest strawman that they possibly can, and then immediately moving in with the Ad Hominem attacks. This issue is ridiculous, the people that care are ridiculous, and I still have yet to figure out why I clicked here knowing full well what I would be reading.

    December 2, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  17. tednugent'sdiapers

    "If it comes from the mouth of a Republican, it comes from the rectum of humanity."

    December 2, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  18. str009

    I love the chance to roast the deserving modern GOP as much as anyone, but this is a temptest in a teapot. It's obvious what they meant. Of course they didn't mean to suggest that racism had ended, but that Parks' actions were striving to end racism.

    December 2, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  19. Who would belive that?

    Picky, picky, picky. Libs are always complaining about something even when there's nothing about which to complain. It's kind of sad...

    December 2, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  20. ART

    Republicans do not in anyway shape or form represent me as some one of color. When I listen to what comes out of their racist mouths it scares me. I think if they had their way they would implement something like the movie the Purge.They want so desperately to take America back ,back to what I do not know, I guess back to leave it to beaver times but what they fail to realize is this is a different time and back then I would not be allowed to vote. They are already trying to take away minorities right to vote, so I guess they will just be the gift that keeps on giving to Democrats that is.

    December 2, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  21. tony b

    no you want a tweet that backfired? check out Anthony Weiner, A DEMOCRAT

    December 2, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  22. Say What?

    Racism ended when reverse racism began

    December 2, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  23. sss

    Whites = racism, Indians = racism, Chinese, Korean, Philippines = racism, Latinos = racism.... all groups are racist against all blacks, when only some blacks cause the issues that the other groups claim to be racist against.

    December 2, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  24. juge

    YIKES! The RNC never wakes up to smell the coffee.

    December 2, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  25. aCriticalEye

    The GOP/Tea Clowns cant stand anyone that isnt rich and white. Who the heck are they kidding, but themselves!

    December 2, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
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