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. Odo

    I am shocked they know who she was!

    December 2, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  2. henry wester rev. mcc, cac

    racism is not dead, we see it everyday, from the highest courts of the usa to the person that works with you.

    December 2, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  3. ObjectiveGuy

    Is this just an issue because it is Black Monday???

    Seriously, it MUST be paid political posting day by the Obama administration, because I find it hard to believe that ANY thinking person could be so dimwitted or petty as to construe the Tweet about Rosa Parks in a negative way. I'll concede to the Grammar Police that it could have been worded a little better, but come on, the intent was perfectly clear–even clear enough for a Democrat to understand (I hope).

    That having been said, it is getting harder and harder to find an area where the Obama administration has NOT created a complete and total disaster, beginning with domestic policy and continuing through foreign policy. Even Diane Feinstein seems to be throwing Obama under the bus (sorry, Rosa), in acknowledging that the current administration has weakened US security, and has enabled Al Quaeda to become stronger than it was two years ago. She went so far as to say that the rest of the world hates the US more now than ever before (thanks, Obama). With ALL the mistakes made by Democrats, many of the posters on this site have an awful lot of nerve criticizing the Republicans, and trying to create and issue where one does not exist. Almost seems like the Dems are desperate to take our focus off of THEIR three ring circus...

    December 2, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  4. Thomas Williams

    The Republican Party's outreach to African-Americans consists mostly of its members telling blacks to "get over" the oppression and lack of opportunity they have endured, to "get over" the ever-present racial animosity directed at them (by Republicans) at every turn, to "get over" the fact that white people won't hire them for good jobs, and accept that their poverty and lack of social mobility is their fault, due to their natural inclination for crime and debauchery. But, the GOP insists, if you vote Republican, um.....you see....we will make your lives better by.....um...fighting racial oppression and helping you find meaningful work? No, that's not what we do! We'll....um...pass laws requiring equal pay for equal work regardless of race?...No, wait, we hate that stuff...we promise we care about the struggles of the black community and we will listen to your please for sensible gun control....oh, wait, no we don't, we love guns in your neighborhoods.....didn't you see Smith & Wesson's profit margins last quarter, you silly, silly fool? But vote for us....and well, at least you'll be acting like other white folk...and that's a start, right?

    December 2, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  5. Mark P

    So, in the 58th year of the modern American civil rights movement, Reince Preibus decides to hop on the bus. Bet he still sits in the front seat.

    December 2, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  6. Chris

    Racism is also part of the Dem's bread and butter. It really is a 2-way street with both racism and reverse racism (which is where a candidate that is qualified is overlooked simply because they are caucasian). I can only speak of that because I saw that happened to me first-hand, although I didn't realize it until my old friend who is African-American mentioned it to me. I never faulted him in any way because it wasn't his choice since we were equally qualified for the job, but the color of his skin landed him the job.


    Saboth said:
    "Racism is the GOP's bread and butter. If it weren't for their ability to play off of the fears of old white people that black people or Mexicans were coming to take their jobs, land and daughters, the GOP would have faded away years ago. As for racism: well, it's been around since mankind first appeared on the planet, and has continued unabated today, so I'm not sure when it's supposed to "die out". Seems like man is always looking for some way to prove he is superior to his fellow man, be it in his religion, wealth, nationality or color of skin."

    December 2, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  7. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Anybody who expects any serious pronouncements over Twitter will be continuously disappointed. You only get 140 characters to get your point across, and if you have anything to say that takes 140 characters or less then you really have nothing to say.

    December 2, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  8. Gabbo

    LOL – Like LIBERALS really care about you !! Dream on, suckas.

    December 2, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  9. Kevin

    Isn't it ironic that Obama got 96% of the African American vote yet they are so clearly doing worse now than they were when he took office?

    December 2, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  10. fayem1

    I wish the GOP could get it together so as someone of color I have some choices lets get real the Dems are not better they take the black vote for granted even this black president and his minion, but I choose them as the lesser of two evils.

    December 2, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  11. Chuck

    nobody really cares

    December 2, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  12. Retired Boomer

    Is it April Fool's day already?

    December 2, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  13. Hewpie

    Rosa Park's opponents, of course, in the battle against racism were the Democrats. Why didn't the RNC point this out? When you are battling the sleaze bag racists in the Democratic Party, you have to go on the offensive.

    December 2, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  14. BeverlyNC

    Republicans are the ones who brought open racism back as OK since President Obama took office in 2009. They have extremists ranting disrespectful, ignorant, and sickening racist comments every chance they get. Republicans decided since they didn't like America having a black intelligent President they would block every single piece of legislation regardless who it hurt – mainly We the People. They filibustered 433 times – since the1960s there have only been 3 TOTAL. The Republican House refuses to create or pass a budget and causes an economic crisis every 3 months. They stomp on the poor trying to kill food stamps which affect mainly children, the elderly and more than 1M veterans. They try to kill the ACA although they fully supported the exact same program which Mitt Romney was Governor of MA. MA has 97% of the citizens covered and happy with the program.
    Republican = racism

    December 2, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  15. Name

    GOP we know what your true colors are to pretend to be something else is just a joke. Yow will never win over the majority because again we already have a complete different beliefs and we vote with our hearts and history of what we stand for .

    December 2, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  16. Brian in DC

    A tweet? really?!? Who cares. At face value it looks like it was a tweet with good intentions. Typical hyper-regressive BS.

    December 2, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  17. Seth Hill

    I'm a Liberal, but the GOP's original tweet, "bold stand and her role in ending racism..." was fine by me. They obviously meant well, so give them a break.

    December 2, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC


    "the 42-year-old seamstress..."

    Wasn't her more relevant job a secretary for the NAACP? I believe that was her main source of income at the time.
    The NAACP is predomininatly an all -volunteer organization. I'm not aware of any positions within the local branches that pay any sort of a salary. You've been misinformed.

    December 2, 2013 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  19. GOPnightmare

    Well the nightmare that is the GOP has reached a new low. It is amazing how they go after minorities to join the party isn't it.

    December 2, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  20. Mymy

    As long as Ted Cruz is the new face of the republican party, racism will continue to be problem for them.

    December 2, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  21. harrisonhits2

    The GOP has already lost every coming election for a long time to come. For the first time last election Latino voters outnumbers Caucasion. And massively outnumber the 1%. Add in African Americans, Asians and the Caucasians who already vote Dem and the GOP is finished. We have about 20-30 years ahead of us of them screaming bloody murder, stamping their feet and crying like 5 year old and many other forms of tantrums before they are so irrelevant they are just totally ignored.

    That said, the Dems like the GOP are utterly and totally corrupt and like the GOP have sold out the nation to the their corporate owners. Neither party is the answer any more and never will be.

    December 2, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  22. The Truth Hurts

    Oh, don't EVER try to usurp the liberal stranglehold on the race card in this country – that's just plain crazy!

    December 2, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  23. DC Johnny

    Keep talking, liberals. The hilarity of your statements calling out the apparent ignorance and stupidity of all conservatives and Republicans while providing no logic, history, fact, or proper grammar or spelling is, well... hilarious.

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

    What a joke. Why can't the GOP just accept the fact that America is dead?

    December 2, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  25. steve

    Fact – Blacks do better when Republicans are in office. How well are they doing under Obummer?

    December 2, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
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