A local GOP branch posted about state Democrats' "#Negroproblem" on social media, subsequently leading to an apology from the chairman of the Minnesota Republican Party.
The controversial post on Twitter was sent out by the state's 7th Congressional District GOP as a response to the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party's call to make the issues of low-income black Minnesotans a part of a proposed legislative special session, according to the Star Tribune.
It was only after the tweet received criticism from the DFL the offensive post was deleted and the social media manager of the GOP group was fired.
"You don’t have to look far to find ignorant hate speech masquerading as acceptable party messaging," DFL Chairman Ken Martin said in a statement. "However, this is not the first time the Minnesota Republican Party and their affiliates have posted racially insensitive material.”
Martin’s right. This isn’t the first time a Minnesota GOP member has shared a racist post on social media.
Last year in March, State Rep. Pat Garofalo, a fifth-term Republican from the St. Paul suburb of Farmington, made a racist comment about basketball players of color: "Let's be honest, 70% of teams in NBA could fold tomorrow + nobody would notice a difference w/ possible exception of increase in streetcrime."
Despite intense backlash, Garofalo initially refused to acknowledge the insensitivity of his blatantly racist remarks. But he eventually apologized, saying he “reconsidered” his views which unfairly categorized athletes.
Earlier in 2013, the Chisago County Republican Party posted an offensive Facebook post comparing abortion to slavery.
The post was later removed after prompting widespread outrage on social media with many users questioning the mindset of the GOP members who posted it in the first place.
Although the Minnesota’s Seventh Congressional District has apologized for the “Negro Problem” tweet, the recurrence of similar instances show the problem needs to be addressed at a broader level in Minnesota and not just as an isolated case.