GOP’s Rosa Parks tribute backfires in a big way on Twitter

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The GOP’s homage to Rosa Parks backfired, and the Internet seized the moment.

Sunday marks the 58th anniversary of Rosa Parks’s historic refusal to move to the back of the bus in Montgomery, Ala., and across social media, people have been celebrating her.  

The Republican National Committee’s official Twitter account posted its own homage to Parks this morning:

Yes, racism ended back in 1955, in case you haven’t noticed. The incautious choice of words initiated many jokes aimed at the GOP’s ignorance. 

And then the issue snowballed on Twitter, after @FeministaJones created the hashtag #RacismEndedWhen as a “satirical, subversive response to the GOP suggesting Rosa Park ended it”:

Three hours later, the GOP finally addressed the tweet, which was intended to reflect a longer, more accurate message on their site.

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