Racism Is Over

By Chris Hoenig

Sunday marked the anniversary of one of the most symbolic moments of the civil-rights movement: On Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala., bus for a white person and was arrested.

The anniversary brought about a rare bipartisan show of respect, including a Sunday-afternoon tweet from President Obama:

But it’s an earlier tweet from the Republican Party’s official Twitter account that left many Americans scratching their heads:

It didn’t take long before the reaction began pouring in, with Americans sarcastically celebrating the end of racism and wondering if the GOP is really that out of touch with modern times:

The tweet even spawned its own viral hashtag: #RacismEndedWhen, which included a variety of snarky and sarcastic tweets, as well as stories of racism and discrimination continuing to happen in America today. The GOP backpedaled a few hours later, keeping the original tweet up but posting this correction:

According to a Pew Research Center survey, more than half of whites in the U.S. believe that Black Americans are subjected to at least some discrimination today, while 46 percent of Blacks say that there is still “a lot” of discrimination (88 percent describe at least “some” discrimination).

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