The manager of the 7th Congressional District Republicans group's social media accounts has been fired after a post that was criticized for being "racist and bigoted."
In a statement on Twitter, Minnesota Republican Party Chair Keith Downey issued an apology for the posts and said the manager responsible has been "relieved of duties."
The Twitter and Facebook posting by the 7th Congressional District GOP group was taken down after being posted at 6:52 p.m. Monday, and read: "MN #DFL now propose a "special session" to deal with their self-created '#negroproblem'."
The language used in the status update was partly a quote pulled from this Our Black News story entitled: "Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton thinks Black Minnesotans are just plain stupid," a link for which was posted along with the comment.
The story refers to the DFL and Dayton having a "Negro problem" because they've been ignoring African-American policy ideas, only to now call for black inequality issues to be discussed at a proposed special session following the death of Jamar Clark.
But Ken Martin, chairman of the Minnesota DFL, thought it was wrong for the Republican group to appropriate and hashtag the term used in the article, and called on the statewide GOP to apologize.
"Regrettably these comments have become commonplace in the Republican Party and it should be no surprise that they are now an accepted and normal part of their conversation," he said in a statement. "While our community is still struggling with the death of a young man and trying to find answers for his family, the Republican Party of Minnesota decided to chime in with racist and bigoted comments."
"There is absolutely no place for this kind of ugly language in our state and we call on Chairman Downey to apologize to the people of Minnesota for the racist and bigoted comment from the Minnesota 7th Congressional District Republican Party."
It also comes amid the backdrop of increasing tension in Minneapolis, as the #Justice4Jamar protest continues outside the Fourth Precinct police station.
Minnesota's 7th Congressional District covers a large area of the west of the state, encompassing cities including Moorhead, Bemidji, Alexandria, Willmar and Marshall.
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