Washington Bureau

01.24.14

Iowa GOP Posts Controversial Facebook Photo

Is someone a racist? The Republican Party of Iowa briefly posted a controversial flowchart Friday night on the topic.

The Republican Party of Iowa briefly posted a photo on its Facebook page of a flowchart asking readers to determine "Is Someone A Racist?"

The flowchart first asked if the person was white or not white. If they weren't white, they were automatically not a racist. If they were, it then asked "do you like them?" If the answer was yes, they were also not a racist. However, if the answer is no, then "they are racist." The flowchart also noted "if you think this flowchart isn't funny, then this flowchart is racist." 

It was posted by the official Iowa GOP Facebook account at 8:00pm EST on Friday night with the message "Because it's Friday night and we don't need serious political posts on Friday night we are sharing this. Happy Friday and LIKE and SHARE! Unless you think the chart is racist, then don't." 

After the flowchart was brought to the Republican Party of Iowa's attention, it was quickly removed from the Facebook page.

In a statement posted on the Iowa GOP Facebook page at 8:50 EST, party chair A.J. Spiker wrote "Earlier tonight, a contractor of the Iowa GOP made a post referencing a discussion on race that the GOP believes was in bad taste and inappropriate. We apologize to those whom were offended, have removed the post and are ensuring it does not happen again."