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GOP faces backlash over Rosa Parks racism tweet

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On the anniversary of Rosa Parks' arrest, the Republican National Committee decided to tweet their remembrance of her refusal to give up her seat, though they may not remember the history so well. According to Politico on Dec. 2, the tweet, which read, "Today we remember Rosa Parks' bold stand and her role in ending racism" has sparked an incredible amount of criticism.

That criticism earned the hashtag #RacismEndedWhen, which highlights people questioning when exactly the GOP thinks racism ended. A string from the Democratic Congressional Committee included such tweets as:

Other tweets from around the Twittersphere reflected the DCCC's sentiment. Though the tweet was clarified hours later, it was hours too late. The GOP was already being torn apart for their apparent lack of understanding for how racism persists in our country, society and world. The original tweet is still on the GOP's page as well as the tweet that said they should have included "her role in fighting to end racism."

SF Gate and USA Today both provide examples that demonstrate that racism is not dead, as most of us know. SF Gate cites a May 2013 survey that states 88 percent of blacks and 57 percent of whites feel that there is 'some' discrimination against African-Americans.

USA Today notes that an article published over the weekend shows black NFL players are arrested 10 times more than white players.

Do you think this was a simple proofreading error or is it an error in thinking? Should the GOP need to address their current image problem when it comes to minorities?



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