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GOP Credits Rosa Parks For ‘Ending Racism’

By Igor Volsky  

"GOP Credits Rosa Parks For ‘Ending Racism’"

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The Republican National Committee celebrated the 58th anniversary of Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama, by proclaiming in a tweet that racism has ended:

Racism, of course, hasn’t ended and may have actually increased since the election of President Obama in 2008.

Some research contends that “racism cost the president more than five million votes in 2008 and 2012″ and a 2012 survey from the Associated Press found that “51 percent of Americans explicitly express anti-black prejudice, up from 48 percent in 2008.” The survey concluded that 79 percent of Republicans are likely to express outright racial prejudice, compared to 32 percent of Democrats.

Following the re-election of Obama in 2012, Colin Powell publicly condemned the GOP’s “dark vein of intolerance” and the party’s repeated use of racial code words to oppose the president and rally white conservative voters. Without mentioning names, Powell singled out former Mitt Romney surrogate and New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu for calling Obama “lazy” and Sarah Palin, who, Powell charged, used slavery-era terms to describe Obama.

Update

Three and a half hours after their first tweet, the RNC began backpedaling on their claim that Rosa Parks “ended racism,” sending out another tweet clarifying the one from this morning:


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