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. Black American

    wow, really....do people get paid to tweet, but more much more important, do people get paid to react to people's tweets? I see nothing wrong with stating a person worked at ending a process regardless of the process. And my simple education taught me that saying joe smith worked to end racism is in fact a correct wording and a true statement. If a person has the ability to end a process that affect millions of people with a single action....my God, did we allow one of your true children to end the rest of their days poor then die only to have people fight over the remains like mad dogs?

    December 2, 2013 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  2. Steve S

    Since there are less black Republicans than Albino Tigers, no wonder the GOP can't speak to black Americans?

    December 2, 2013 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  3. ThomasE

    Has everyone forgotten that it was the republicans who pushed for civil rights and inegration? It was the democrats who seceded from the union to preserve slavery. Eisenhower pushed for a desegregated military. Likewise, the Ku Klux Klan – the disgraced racist organization to which even Democratic President Harry Truman belonged — was founded by Democrats and, in a sense, operated at one point as the de facto militant branch of the party. I could go on and on but I'm sure you can google.

    December 2, 2013 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  4. Name

    Anything to keep racism alive. With it, what ground would these democrats stand on.

    December 2, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  5. steve

    The GOP offers jobs and the hope that you can make it on your own. The DNC offers free phones, food, housing, toys, health care and money. Blacks are still slaves....to the democratic party.

    December 2, 2013 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  6. OldSchool

    The problem is that is the actual opinion of Republicans and many conservatives in general, that racism doesn't exist anymore. Of course, if they were to pay attention to the horrible things that many of their cohorts say on a daily basis, they would know that to be entirely untrue...

    December 2, 2013 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  7. longtooth

    From reading some of these posts, I learn that blacks are racist because they voted for the first black man to ever run for president. This is interesting reading. American blacks should have voted for Romney, whose only black acquaintances are his maids and his Cadillacs.

    December 2, 2013 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  8. Malory Archer

    Hugh J'Ardonn
    Mitt Romney won only 6% of the African-American vote because of African-American's racism, not because of the GOP's. The vast majority of blacks voted black, pure and simple.

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

    Yeah, except black Americans voted for white democratic presidential candidates by the same percentage as they voted for the black democratic candidate. In other words, nice try but we gotcha!

    December 2, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  9. democrat fiends

    Democrats. Helping perpetuate racism by undermining anything of racial ambiguity.....

    December 2, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  10. EDouble

    I'd like to retract that post, it should have read anything to keep racism alive. Without it, dems would just be openly ridiculous with there double standards and weathered race cards waiving.

    December 2, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  11. Malory Archer

    Bill
    Liberal girly men getting bent out of shape over nothing.......and nothing new about that.

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

    Billy, your mommy called and said it's time for you to stop playing on the 'puter and do your homework. Then you need to clean your room.

    December 2, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  12. smokeee

    GOP are so disingenuous and transparent trying to get votes. Reminds me of when they try so hard to be hip to get youth votes. its all so contrived and try hard its sad.

    December 2, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  13. Ctrygrl

    I don't question their motives but the GOP trying to say something to honor a black heroine in the fight for civil rights is a little like the democrats trying to honor the NRA for their fight for the second amendment. Difficult to say it right when you don't have a clue or care.

    December 2, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  14. ChalupaBatman

    Uh oh. A poorly worded tweet. What we the GOP thinking? I hope that Candy Crowly thoroughly covers this over the weekend.

    December 2, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  15. Chris

    We are growing so fast as a population. There are so many ideas and people pulling in different directions. By 2100 the world will be at 11billion(currently around 6 billion). It is time to get our priorities straight because all this bickering with each other now is petty in comparison to what new problems await us in the near future. Let's start listening to each more so we can understand why we do the things we do and make positive change. The hardest things are admitting we are wrong, having to change our ideas when we've had them for so long, and patience with each other. I know I am all hippie-talking but whatever.

    December 2, 2013 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  16. Tina

    My friends these republicans thinks we are fools. Those days are over. Now everybody knows something about voting. They are changing boundaries of voting, doing anything to stop us to vote. Allow our grandmas and dads to stay in a long line to vote, don't care about if people eat or not. And now pretenting they care. They called my president A LIAR in public. And they think they are civilized. Well my fellow friends. It is almost voting time. They will do anything to get us to vote for them and when they become President. They will squeeze us with their stupid polies than any other we have ever seen. They are snake under grass. Remember how Romney to get votes changed most of his policies at last minute. DON'T BE FOOLED. JUST STAY AWAY

    December 2, 2013 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  17. NSL

    @Hugh J'Ardonn, if you really believe that, you're in a dream world. The GOP message doesn't generally resonate with minorities of all kinds because we see a party as anti-women, anti-people of color, anti-people who aren't Christian, anti-people who speak with a "foreign" accent, and frankly just plain "anti." The GOP doesn't seem to be for much of anything expect rich white people.

    My dad was a diehard card carrying member of the GOP for years. As was my mom and just about the whole family. That was when the GOP stood for sound fiscal policy, and supporting the American dream for everyone. Then something happened in the GOP. They saw that, and because Dems, and to the day they died, never considered rejoining with the GOP.

    They saw the sign went out that non-Christians weren't wanted, people of color need not apply, the poor were to sneer at, not to help, women were the enemy, the First Amendment only applied to Christians, the separation of church and state should be abolished, the precepts of Christian Bible as interpreted by the Catholic Church should become the law of the land, only some of the people who love each other should be able to marry, and the list goes on and on.

    The GOP brushed aside the American ideals to which we used to try to ascribe, ideals of equality and fair play. The GOP brushed aside, by their actions, the lessons learned by our founders and passed to us.

    The GOP and the Tea Party members don't understand why everyone doesn't want to be in their club, why everyone isn't like them, or believe like they do. Like many, I hear the GOP and the Tea Party members call everyone else stupid and anti-American, and racist. Is it any wonder why the GOP and Tea Party people can't interest us in joining them.

    December 2, 2013 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  18. Roger

    Mr. Archer's moronic logic implies it makes us racist if we vote for someone whose skin is the same color our own. Seems to me, like most Republicans of his ilk these days, he has no understanding of the race issue at all. If blacks are racist because they voted for Obama, I guess that makes whites who voted for Romney racist as well. I wonder if Mr. Archer thinks he's a racist?

    December 2, 2013 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  19. nepawoods

    This is just silly. Having a role in achieving some goal does not imply the goal has been achieved.

    December 2, 2013 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  20. Name

    Seriously STUPID! it did not end in Parks' day, therefore "ending" is a future/imperfect verb. Anyone thinking the tweet implied cessation of the problem needs to put down their iphone, go back to 8th grade, and learn some basic grammer.

    December 2, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  21. Tina

    Yea I thought racism was much better than I thought until Obama, a black man became president. "You remember. "we want out country back". Like as if only them can be president. One thing we have that no one can take away from us. OUR VOTE

    December 2, 2013 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  22. Sam

    Responding to: Malory Archer steve Fact – Blacks do better when Republicans are in office. How well are they doing under Obummer? +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Any chance you can provide PROOF of your so-called "fact"? No? Didn't think so, but thanks for playing!.

    I am not black but back into 2008 – 2009 I had zero retirement savings, no job and no insurance. Now in 2013 I have a job and invested in USA stocks (balance at @$400,000 retirement) and have good health insurance. I also have my son and daughter (25 and 26 years old) covered under my insurance. I'll play! I'm a lot better off! I believe the economy will continue to get better (especially if the GOP starts helping instead of obstructing). Thank you Obama for your help!

    December 2, 2013 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  23. Tealiban is antiAmerican

    Actually, Romney got 0% of the African American vote not 6%.

    December 2, 2013 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  24. Jane Martin

    Well now, isn't that sweet. The wolves have gone a hunt'in. Better look under those sheep's clothing they wear. You won't be surprised.

    December 2, 2013 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  25. Sam

    Oops. My daughter is on my insurance and she is 21 not 26.

    December 2, 2013 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
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