"I kind of feel bad for [the RNC]," Jesenia said. "They're like the dorky kids in high school, you know, that are trying to say something cool and it just fails."
"That's what it is," Ruiza continued. "This is a cool thing: 'Racism's done.'"
To honor the anniversary of Parks' contribution* to the civil rights movement, on Sunday, the Republican National Committee (@GOP) tweeted a photograph of the late Parks along with a quote attributed to her: "You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right."
All good so far, right? Well, what caused a stir was the wording of their tweet: "Today we remember Rosa Parks' bold stand and her role in ending racism."
Yes. ENDING racism. The Republican party tweeted in remembrance of the woman who helped END racism. Because we're just done with racism, right?
Well, three and a half hours later, they corrected their mistake saying, "Previous tweet should have read "Today we remember Rosa Parks' bold stand and her role in fighting to end racism."
But the damage had already been done.
*In case you missed this critical section of "Intro to U.S. History," Rosa Parks was arrested on December 1, 1955 and convicted of violating segregation laws by not giving up her seat on a public bus to a white man. Her decision to remain seated and her subsequent appeal resulted in a domino effect that led to significant legal and cultural changes in the United States.