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

    USAPeasant

    Pretty sad that the evil DEM and GOP elitists use American Hero Rosa Parks' great story and heroism as a means to take potshots at eachother. Forget racism, this Partyism is destroying the nation much faster.
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    I wish CNN would stop using this comment format making it difficult to reply or not allowing an up vote. USAPeasant, you hit the nail on the head. I agree with you 100% on this.

    December 2, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  2. A Kickin' Donkey

    Asking the GOP to "walk the walk" on the topics of equal opportunity, fairness, equity, standing up against discrimination, etc. is something they are not capable of. Their prejudice is rooted too deeply in a base that they WILL NOT DISAVOW.

    They will repeatedly stub their toe until they are as quick to call out those that hate Obama for his blackness as they were to stoke the "birthed" nonsense.

    December 2, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  3. reel american

    Maybe that explains why the Republicans have gotten rid of affirmative action

    December 2, 2013 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  4. DT2013A

    GOP, Republican, Conservative, Tea Party are only reason racism is still where it is today.

    December 2, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  5. myrtlemaylee

    If the RNC is forced to celebretweet only their GOP heroes they'd only have Lincoln & Ike. They've gotta grab heroes where they can.

    December 2, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  6. Dizzyd

    Of course liberals make a big deal about racism, just like we would about ANY other form of discrimination that seeks to strip others of their humanity AND their rights. If the GOP really mean that they hope racism is ending, they need to show it thru their actions and not just sit there whining or rolling their eyes when people lodge a legitimate complaint.

    December 2, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  7. adsas

    Blatant Pandering, 101. LOL

    December 2, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  8. Harry101

    Montel

    They also forgot to thank her for ending poverty, her victory in the war on drugs (the solution is more prisons), spreading democracy to China, and any other major issue these morons want to look at with rose colored glasses. I'm amazed how attached from reality they are. They have a "let them eat cake" approach to social issues that are eating at this country like cancer and all they come up with is "build bricks with no straw"
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    OK your right but for the life of me with all the DNC has done on social issues I don't see any improvement only more of the same if not worse. So while you are partly right the DNC is not the answer if you want a change in social issues. Unless what we have now is what you want remember the Democrat's have held majority power in DC for about 44 of the of the 60 years.

    December 2, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  9. Harry101

    A Kickin' Donkey

    Asking the GOP to "walk the walk" on the topics of equal opportunity, fairness, equity, standing up against discrimination, etc. is something they are not capable of. Their prejudice is rooted too deeply in a base that they WILL NOT DISAVOW.

    They will repeatedly stub their toe until they are as quick to call out those that hate Obama for his blackness as they were to stoke the "birthed" nonsense.
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    The progressive profiler and your no different from those you profile in the GOP. Get a grip

    December 2, 2013 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  10. nerdbyrd

    I have more of a problem with the GOP using a historical figure such as Rosa Parks to try to pander to the black vote. Disgusting.

    December 2, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  11. ShawnDH

    Republicans are always pandering, and it always backfires because they come from a place of bigotry and hate.

    December 2, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  12. reel american

    why do Liberal organizations try to quiet up the conservative point of view every time i post a comment they never post it boy Liberals the truth hurts

    December 2, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  13. KBNJ

    Totally don't get why GOP even responded to the id io tic claims of the left. Rosa Parks – who, like MLK, was likely a Republican, DID play a role in ending racism. And yes, I DO know racism hasn't ended yet, but nobody said it was, they just said it was 'ending', which is true. Well, OK, maybe we've gone backward for a few years now, but we all know who the divider in chief is.

    December 2, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  14. Don Sporns

    It would help GOP a lot if the actually reduced their bigotry and hatred for blacks, hispanics, and other minorities. And stopped advocating policies that hurt blacks (and poor and senior and women and young people).

    December 2, 2013 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  15. Tommy

    The GOP keeps digging that hole deeper and deeper-

    December 2, 2013 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  16. Michael

    This is silly. They are trying to do a commendable thing by honoring Rosa Parks, and because of a poor choice of words people are jumping all over them. It's been corrected. Move on to more important issues.

    December 2, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  17. RBB

    Oh, come on. I'm a Democrat, and even I think this is a non-story. Anyone can make a wording mistake once in a while, and the Repubs were smart enough to issue a correction shortly afterward. Can we discuss real issues instead of this nonsense for a change?

    December 2, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  18. SteveInMN

    OK - from someone who ABHORS the Republics, and all the sleaze they stand for:

    This is a pretty ridiculous point to skewer them on - especially given that there are THOUSANDS of more significant points to skewer them on.

    December 2, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  19. magicpanties

    wait, what?

    Inferring that GOP doesn't understand blacks?

    Huh.

    December 2, 2013 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  20. Frank

    nerdbyrd
    I have more of a problem with the GOP using a historical figure such as Rosa Parks to try to pander to the black vote. Disgusting.
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    IThe same is done by the party of the donkey to gather the black vote.

    December 2, 2013 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  21. kelly

    guys just stop. you are the party of super-rich white people and super poor/ignorant white people. just accept it. no amount of tweeting is going to change that. it could take decades or longer. maybe try not cutting food-stamps and do something about immigration reform would be a actual, real step towards proving you have changed.

    December 2, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  22. The Real Tom Paine

    -Michael

    This is silly. They are trying to do a commendable thing by honoring Rosa Parks, and because of a poor choice of words people are jumping all over them. It's been corrected. Move on to more important issues.
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    Yes, and if the situation were reversed, the RNC would be screaming about double standards, or something equally hollow in terms of substance and credibility. Reince Preibus has never missed an opportunity, so why should we passon yet another RWNJ gift?

    December 2, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  23. Sheila

    Hogwash, "A Kickin' Donkey." Who freed the slaves? Who started the NAACP? Each time someone disagrees with Obama's policies, you liberals bring up his race. Don't forget – he is one-half white – so, my problem is with his policies as a white guy!

    December 2, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  24. Mac

    To be fair to the racists in the GOP and the country, they need to get out of the bubble of hatred of all non-whites. Most of these guys grew up in an atmosphere of rabid hatred the country was in throes of during their time of development in the last century.

    That hatred still festers in their narcissistic minds. If you are non white in contemprory America, with stop n frisk, stand your ground and getting shot all over the country, America is no different from Nazi Germany.

    December 2, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  25. BlackThought

    Don't even bother GOP we're no one be they black, white, hispanic, or asian with an IQ above 50 and a soul will ever vote for you.

    December 2, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
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