A Rosa Parks tweet from the Republican National Committee proudly declared an end to racism, sparking an immediate backlash from social media users, and prompting some quick, backtracking footwork from the GOP.
The tweet, meant to honor the 58th anniversary of the Civil Rights activist’s iconic stand against segregation and subsequent arrest on a bus in Montgomery, Ala., quickly went awry when Twitter users called out Republicans on their errant statement, reports CNN on Monday.
“Today we remember Rosa Parks' bold stand and her role in ending racism,” the Republicans tweeted, posting a picture of Parks along with her famous quote: “You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.”
Today we remember Rosa Parks’ bold stand and her role in ending racism. pic.twitter.com/uxIj1QmtkU
As you might expect, the responses came in a flurry, and ranged from those who simply shook their digital heads to others who, ironically, called it a racist move.
A sampling of the Twitter responses under the tag #RacismEndedWhen:
"At last! Delightful news today that racism is ended. What a relief."
"#RacismEndedWhen black was in vogue and colorblind was a term of endearment."
"I'm sure I have been racially profiled recently. Are you sure?"
"Bunch of white dudes say racism is over."
The RNC then released an updated version, saying they umm, made a mistake and what they meant to say was…
— RNC (@GOP) December 1, 2013
Previous tweet should have read: "Today we remember Rosa Parks' bold stand and her role in fighting to end racism."
Despite the flippant Republican remark, many spent the weekend with their thoughts on Parks, who died in 2005 at the age of 92.
"In a single moment 58 years ago today, Rosa Parks helped change this country," President Obama's office tweeted, posting a photo of the President sitting in the seat where the 42-year-old Parks sat in 1955.
In a single moment 58 years ago today, Rosa Parks helped change this country. pic.twitter.com/C502SKfJnj
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 1, 2013