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

    I'm a big believer in developing a niche or a specialty, and sticking to that area of expertise. In this case, the GOP's niche is white, Christian voters. They should not attempt to appeal to blacks, gays, etc. because time and time again, they do nothing but embarrass themselves.

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

    First retardlicans say racism is over, only in GOP (garbage of people) would this comment surface! Their blantant hypocrisy, subliminal, hateful, incendiary, inflammatory racist undertones and inuendos just prove their earnest in usering in a jim crowe like government for the few, the crazy, the illiterate,out of touch, bigots who yearn for a confederacy! Their anti-government rhetoric is just a front for reviving old southern separatist segregationist philosophies which endear old white supremacist, like Cruz, Boehner, Cantor and others

    December 2, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  3. Bob

    All lip service folks. They will NEVER change. This attempt as phony as the hairpieces of the GOP membership.

    December 2, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  4. Josh

    They really really, at a fundamental level, just do not have the training in cultural competency. They are seriously far removed from the struggles that those who are not rich, white, and christian go through. I am not blaming them, I don't expect biologists to have a full grasp of economics, but when you are in the business of politics and have a role in negotiating and working with culturally diverse groups, it's in your best interest to learn the basics.

    December 2, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  5. Duh

    Derp. Pro tip: don't use twitter and the backlash about everything you type ends.

    How can anyone think twitter is good when over 90% of communication is non verbal

    December 2, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  6. Malory Archer

    Harry101

    ... what you want remember the Democrat's have held majority power in DC for about 44 of the of the 60 years.

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

    Yeah, except no they haven't. The rethugs OWNED both the house and senate for 16 of the last 20 years. They also owned the WH for 8 of those 20 years. Additionally, the rethugs took ownership of the U.S. Senate in 1981 and held it until 1987. In other words they owned the Senate for 22 of the last 32 years AND they held the Presidency for 19 of those years.

    Translation: Nice try, but we gotcha!

    December 2, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  7. PaulCat

    Why on earth would anyone vote republican?
    You people need to THINK.

    December 2, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  8. ljjm

    It's hard to get the words right when you don't really believe in the supposed message.

    December 2, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  9. LouAZ

    All men (and women) are created equal. But Republican/TPers are more equal than others. Just look at their voting record in the House/Senate/SCOTUS.

    December 2, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  10. Truth Hurts

    The GOP are Equal Opportunity Racists.

    December 2, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  11. G-Simms

    When the GOP starts to work with president Obama, then they'll start to attach the African American people. Bottom line. Just a bunch of a lies, as usual.

    December 2, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  12. Steve

    It is like Liberals OWN BLACKS. No matter how well intetioned, well said, genuinely and sincerely put, Republicans are not allowed to say a thing about colored people. The Liberal Media will try to turn what they say into "racism", or something worse, to purpotedly show that they care about BLACKS. I thought slavery ended?????

    December 2, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Bill

    I'm a big believer in developing a niche or a specialty, and sticking to that area of expertise. In this case, the GOP's niche is white, Christian voters.
    ---------------–
    Don't you mean white voters? You can leave out the Christian part. They don't act like Christians that I know. They're CINOs.

    December 2, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  14. T

    .....Racism................where?..............Cant be the GOP.........................

    December 2, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  15. mitchy

    It's hilarious when the GOP panders to blacks. Without question, from the moment Obama came into office, there's been a not so secret agenda to play down but in actuality, play up the race card. One only has to look at that human creep Ted Cruz to see a GOP racist at work. His father is a full fledged black hater.Can't imagine what he thinks of Jews but I suspect the same. The irony has and will always be that these so-called Christians behave in the most un-Christian ways.

    December 2, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  16. Grahamman

    Racism hasn't ended. Black folks hate white folks just as much as they ever did.

    December 2, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  17. 2Km N of GZero

    The subtext keeps poking through: "We want these folks to vote for us, but we don't want 'em living next to us."

    December 2, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  18. Arshagarbon

    Who cares what they said on twitter. I'm just amazed someone used twitter for something other than naked mirror pictures for once.

    December 2, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  19. Mobious

    Racism would be over if SOME people would just LET IT GO. It always seems that the enlightened liberals thrive on perceived racism.. They are always out to cry racism if you dont agree with them or want to make people more reliant on themselves. This is truly the only thing they have..When "smart" people wise up racism will die.

    December 2, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  20. mitchy

    Wait a minute, isn't Cruz hispanic? Must be lazy and uneducated like the rest of them.

    December 2, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  21. Doug

    Of course racism isn't finished, the racism industry will never let that happen.

    December 2, 2013 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  22. David

    Why Republicans are failing more with minorities; digging themselves into a bigger hole

    December 2, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  23. notme

    And the GOP will next have outreach parties for african americans that feature watermelon and fried chicken...

    December 2, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  24. Loe

    Liberals are so stupid

    December 2, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  25. Tiffins

    michael

    First retardlicans say racism is over, only in GOP (garbage of people) would this comment surface! Their blantant hypocrisy, subliminal, hateful, incendiary, inflammatory racist undertones and inuendos just prove their earnest in usering in a jim crowe like government for the few, the crazy, the illiterate,out of touch, bigots who yearn for a confederacy! Their anti-government rhetoric is just a front for reviving old southern separatist segregationist philosophies which endear old white supremacist, like Cruz, Boehner, Cantor and others
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    It appears from your ranting incoherent diatribe that you are the biggest racist on here. Cheers!

    December 2, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
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