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Twitter explodes after GOP's Rosa Parks tribute tweet


  1. The U.S. Republican National Committee found itself at the centre of a veritable hate-storm Sunday after tweeting out a tribute to Rosa Parks and her "role in ending racism."

    "Today we remember Rosa Parks’ bold stand and her role in ending racism," tweeted the @GOP account Sunday morning on the 58th anniversary of the civil rights activist's arrest for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man in Alabama. 

    Backlash to the GOP's choice of words was swift and harsh.

    Many took aim at the message's suggestion that racism had, in fact, ended in 1955, mocking the tweet with jokes and sarcastic praise.
  2. As the post picked up more steam on social media, Twitter user @FeministaJones created the hashtag #RacismEndedWhen as "a satirical, subversive response to the GOP suggesting Rosa Park ended it," according to her Twitter feed.
  3. Soon, others jumped onto the trend with their own subversive, and often comedic, tweets. Many of them drew from popular culture.
  4. Others tweeted out links to news articles in an attempt to illustrate the point that racism can still be found in many parts of the U.S. and around the world.