Sometimes, it’s the stuff you think will be the most innocuous and safe that creates the biggest headaches.
Take Sunday's tweet from the Republican National Committee’s @GOP account, for example:
Most likely, the social media team figured a tweet honoring a pivotal figure in the civil rights movement on the 55th anniversary of her refusing to move to the back of a bus in Montgomery, Ala., wouldn’t ruffle all that many feathers. But the specific wording of the tweet, the notion that Parks had a part in “ending racism,” set off some alarm bells.
“Unfortunately racism still very much exists,” columnist Connor Simpson wrote at The Wire
. “In fact, racism exists within the Republican party.”
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Rather than delete the tweet, the @GOP account offered this clarification:
It was too little, too late, though. Twitter user @FeministaJones
, who has about 16,600 followers, started the hashtag #RacismEndedWhen to poke fun at the RNC’s tweet. It’s proven to be a rather popular hashtag, and BuzzFeed has collected some prime examples
, including this one: