Ignorance is definitely not bliss in Minnesota where the Republican Party in the seventh congressional district is under fire for a racist tweet that included a #negroproblem hashtag.
Minnesota Republican Party officials have fired a volunteer with the Seventh Congressional District GOP who tweeted a comment from an official social media account that was criticized as racist and bigoted.
GOP Chairman Keith Downey would not comment on the incident, but said via Twitter that he is imposing a social media moratorium on the district.
“My apologies to all for their posts,” Downey said via Twitter.
The initial Twitter comment came after DFL Senate leaders said they favored adding measures to help low-income black Minnesotans in a special legislative session proposed to extend jobless benefits to laid-off Iron Range steelworkers.
The tweet read: “MN #DFL now propose a ‘special session’ to deal with their self-created ‘#negroproblem’ ”
It linked to a Facebook message that was also removed.
Too late! The damage is done and the tweet has been screenshot.
Things are obviously tense in Minnesota for reasons bigger than just tweets though:
The Twitter comment came during tense protests outside Fourth Precinct police headquarters in north Minneapolis, where demonstrators have erected an encampment for the past week to protest the fatal shooting of a black man, Jamar Clark, 24, by a white officer.
Minnesota DFL Party Chairman Ken Martin asked the GOP to apologize for the Twitter comment.
“There is absolutely no place for this kind of ugly language in our state,” Martin said in a statement. “We call on Chairman Downey to apologize to the people of Minnesota for the racist and bigoted comment.”
The Seventh District, represented by Democratic U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, spreads across much of western Minnesota, including Moorhead, Fergus Falls and Alexandria
It’s crazy how the South has always been the place that people think racism is worse but everything going on in Illinois, Minnesota and Missouri lately shows it’s just as ugly in the midwest.