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Republican Party Tweet About Racism Goes Horribly Wrong

And sparked the #RacismEndedWhen hashtag.

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Around 10 a.m. ET on Sunday, the GOP tweeted this photo with the caption "Today we remember Rosa Parks’ bold stand and her role in ending racism."

Today we remember Rosa Parks’ bold stand and her role in ending racism.

RNC

@GOP

Today we remember Rosa Parks’ bold stand and her role in ending racism.

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About three hours later they tweeted a correction:

Previous tweet should have read "Today we remember Rosa Parks' bold stand and her role in fighting to end racism."

RNC

@GOP

Previous tweet should have read "Today we remember Rosa Parks' bold stand and her role in fighting to end racism."

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But #RacismEndedWhen had already taken off. It appears that user @FeministaJones started the hashtag at 10:59 a.m.

#RacismEndedWhen Arnold and Willis were adopted by Mr. Drummond

A$AP Feminist

@FeministaJones

#RacismEndedWhen Arnold and Willis were adopted by Mr. Drummond

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And it caught on really quickly.

At last! Delightful news today that racism is ended. What a relief. #RacismEndedWhen

George Wiman

@georgewiman

At last! Delightful news today that racism is ended. What a relief. #RacismEndedWhen

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#RacismEndedWhen The Jeffersons "moved on up."

Lizz Winstead

@lizzwinstead

#RacismEndedWhen The Jeffersons "moved on up."

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#RacismEndedWhen Bill Clinton played the saxophone on Arsenio Hall's show

A$AP Feminist

@FeministaJones

#RacismEndedWhen Bill Clinton played the saxophone on Arsenio Hall's show

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#RacismEndedWhen DJ and Stephanie became Wu-Tang fans

Juanita Applebum

@intrepid_heroin

#RacismEndedWhen DJ and Stephanie became Wu-Tang fans

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#Racismendedwhen Jamie Foxx killed all the White people

Jamilah Lemieux

@JamilahLemieux

#Racismendedwhen Jamie Foxx killed all the White people

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@JNumba910

#RacismEndedWhen Justin Timberlake wore braids.

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#RacismEndedWhen the #FreshPrince moved to BelAir.

robyn mcneil

@birdiebent

#RacismEndedWhen the #FreshPrince moved to BelAir.

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#RacismEndedWhen black was in vogue and colorblind was a term of endearment.

Donna Brazile

@donnabrazile

#RacismEndedWhen black was in vogue and colorblind was a term of endearment.

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Ryan

@ROR1997

#RacismEndedWhen

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.@GOP Why is this upsetting people? Racism IS over; I've never suffered from it in my life.

rob delaney

@robdelaney

.@GOP Why is this upsetting people? Racism IS over; I've never suffered from it in my life.

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#RacismEndedWhen some of my best friends said it was over.

LOLGOP

@LOLGOP

#RacismEndedWhen some of my best friends said it was over.

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#racismendedwhen the iphone was available in both black and white.

Nakia

@KiaJD

#racismendedwhen the iphone was available in both black and white.

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"#RacismEndedWhen he got home safely ”@yurrrbabyma

Justin

@JustinDemps3y

"#RacismEndedWhen he got home safely ”@yurrrbabyma

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#RacismEndedWhen they told me I speak so well, not like the others.

David Johns

@MrDavidJohns

#RacismEndedWhen they told me I speak so well, not like the others.

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#racismendedwhen white people said it did obviously

kierks

@dammitbabies

#racismendedwhen white people said it did obviously

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#Racismendedwhen the president on '24' was Black

June Moses

@JuneMo41

#Racismendedwhen the president on '24' was Black

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#RacismEndedWhen this fine fellow voted for Barack Hussein Obama:

A 99er

@HelpThe99ers

#RacismEndedWhen this fine fellow voted for Barack Hussein Obama:

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#RacismEndedWhen Macklemore won AMA's Best Rap Song

jujoffer

@jujoffer

#RacismEndedWhen Macklemore won AMA's Best Rap Song

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I was under the impression #RacismEndedWhen Ben Affleck played a Latino in "Argo"

Lalo Alcaraz

@laloalcaraz

I was under the impression #RacismEndedWhen Ben Affleck played a Latino in "Argo"

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Billy Falcon

@KingOfMars

#RacismEndedWhen

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The woman who says she started the trend tweeted an "official statement" on why she created the hashtag.

So here's my official statement: "I started #RacismEndedWhen as a satirical, subversive response to the GOP suggesting Rosa Park ended it"

A$AP Feminist

@FeministaJones

So here's my official statement: "I started #RacismEndedWhen as a satirical, subversive response to the GOP suggesting Rosa Park ended it"

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Jacob Fischler is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, D.C.

Contact Jacob Fischler at jacob.fischler@buzzfeed.com.

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