Atlanta Newspaper Celebrates Black Lottery Winner Willie Lynch With Slavery Tweet “40 Acres And Lotta Mules!”

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AJC ain’t isht!

Atlanta Newspaper Posts Racist Tweet

Via NYMag reports:

Georgia, ladies and gentleman. For historical reference, the Willie Lynch letter (now thought to be a hoax) was purported to be the work of a plantation owner who offered a “method for controlling your black slaves.” Even if this tweet were somehow sent from 200 years ago, it’s still offensive.

Update: The tweet has, predictably, been deleted. A spokesperson at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution was unaware of the message and is now trying to figure out why it happened.

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And finally, a statement from Atlanta Journal-Constitution editor Kevin Riley:

“The Atlanta Journal-Constitution sincerely regrets an earlier Twitter message that contained an inappropriate statement. We took immediate action to apologize via social media and on our website and will issue an apology in Thursday morning’s print edition. We do not condone such offensive messages and are reviewing our procedures to ensure this type of error does not happen again. Additionally, we are taking the appropriate disciplinary action with the individuals involve

The AJC tweets are usually clever and pretty funny but this is just going too far!

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