GOP Credits Rosa Parks With 'Ending Racism' In America, Quickly Backpedals

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

The Republican National Committee celebrated the 58th anniversary of Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat on a segregated Alabama bus by declaring that racism is over in America.

“Today we remember Rosa Parks’ bold stand and her role in ending racism,” @GOP tweeted Sunday.

Parks, who was a social activist, played a key role in the civil rights movement. Her refusal to move to the “colored” section of a Montgomery bus on Dec. 1, 1955, was a call to action against “separate but equal” policies throughout the U.S.

Most Americans do not agree with the RNC that racism is a thing of the past.

A Pew survey reported in May shows that the majority of whites and African Americans believe there is at least some degree of discrimination against blacks.

An Associated Press survey from 2012 found that “51 percent of Americans explicitly express anti-black prejudice, up from 48 percent in 2008.”

A 2008 Gallup survey, taken before President Barack Obama’s election, found that a majority of African Americans, Latinos and whites believe racism against black people is “widespread.”

The RNC tweeted a correction to their earlier statement three and a half hours later, according to ThinkProgress.

“Previous tweet should have read ‘Today we remember Rosa Parks' bold stand and her role in fighting to end racism,’” the RNC said.

Sources: Business Insider, ThinkProgress