Paper Apologizes for '40 Acres, Mule' Tweet

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution apologizes for posting an offensive tweet, which has since been deleted. 

Posted:
 
tweet1024575be
Screenshot of tweet sent by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

(The Root) -- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is learning that social media and slavery tweets don't mix.

An Atlanta man named Willie Lynch recently was the winner of the $1 million Georgia lottery. Historically, "Willie Lynch" is believed to have been the name of a slave owner who gave a speech on how to control slaves on a plantation. The speech was later crafted into a letter -- which some historians think is a hoax -- that has made its rounds on the Internet.

What isn't a hoax is that someone at the newspaper made the connection between Willie Lynch, the lottery winner, and the other Willie Lynch and decided to tweet, "$1M GA Lottery winner Willie Lynch can get 40 acres and a whole lotta mules." The tweet has since been deleted and an apology has been issued.

Like The Root on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.

Comments
The Root encourages respectful debate and dialogue in our commenting community. To improve the commenting experience for all our readers we will be experimenting with some new formats over the next few weeks. During this transition period the comments section will be unavailable to users.

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your continued support of The Root.

While we are experimenting, please feel free to leave feedback below about your past experiences commenting at The Root.