The GOP’s Rosa Parks Racism Tweet Draws Criticism

    December 2, 2013

On December 1, 1955 Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama for a white person. As most people know, this refusal led to Parks being arrested, and she later became known as “The Mother of the Civil Rights Movement.” Many people celebrated Parks’ contributions yesterday, and one group has received a lot of criticism for their wording in a commemoration made on Twitter.

The Republican National Committee (RNC) made a tweet yesterday thanking Parks for her role in the civil rights movement and for ending racism. The GOP already gets a lot of flak for policies that some believe to be racist, such as their stance on illegal immigration. As such, not many people were willing to give them the benefit of the doubt and just assume the tweet was incorrectly worded.

Twitter users were very quick to point out that racism hasn’t ended, so the GOP amended their statement a few hours later. Check out the original tweet below.

A spokesperson for the GOP said that the tweet was referring to RNC chair Reince Priebus’s statement regarding Rosa Parks and just accidentally left off part of the quote. Priebus’s statement said “We remember and honor Rosa Parks today for the role she played in fighting racism and ending segregation.”

Here are some of the responses to the tweet:

After receiving hundreds of angry comments about the tweet, the RNC posted a follow-up:

Once some of the angry tweets were out of the way, a lot of Twitter users began having a little fun with the GOP’s Rosa Parks tweet. Using the hashtag #RacismEndedWhen, Twitter users came up with a bunch of funny comments that poked fun at the GOP.

[Image via Twitter]