The ACLU has found itself in a bit of a tight spot again, after taking heat Wednesday for posting a photo of an adorable baby holding an American flag.
It wasn’t long before the ACLU was thanking followers on Twitter for pointing out the white supremacist underpinnings of its tweet, stating that “this is the future that ACLU members want” — a patriotic, flag-waving, white baby, apparently.
Just a day later, the ACLU carried on with a presentation called, “When Heritage Equals Hate.” The organization had already teamed with Color of Change earlier in the week on a petition to demand that “symbols that celebrate the Confederacy and slavery be removed or replaced in public spaces in your state.”
Public spaces shouldn't celebrate the Confederacy or slavery. Sign on with @ColorOfChange to bring them down➡ https://t.co/mxiHzPQZae
— ACLU National (@ACLU) August 22, 2017
Thursday night’s presentation was streamed on YouTube alongside a live chat window, and the ACLU also posted some tweets summing up the argument being made.
.@jeff_robinson56: Don't listen to the pundits—Confederate leaders were open about the fact the war was over slavery https://t.co/h7NNuVZvZ0 pic.twitter.com/8cCvn88Mdy
— People Power (@peoplepower) August 25, 2017
Among those tweets was an answer to a question asked by President Trump in response to Charlottesville: “I wonder, is it George Washington next week? And is it Thomas Jefferson the week after?”
The answer would seem to be a soft “no” on Washington. The monument can stay, it seems.
One difference between the Washington Monument and Confederate monuments: Washington didn't risk his life to preserve the system of slavery.
— ACLU National (@ACLU) August 25, 2017
Once again, the ACLU’s followers on social media were there as they were the day before to keep them in check and remind them that white supremacy is everywhere.
— Bluegrass Bob ☭ (@AlmightyBoob) August 25, 2017
— Shatner's Bassoon (@FJPotts) August 25, 2017
(he owned slaves) https://t.co/ut4QZMJb6b
— Demin (@TehDeminz) August 25, 2017
I have some bad news for you https://t.co/ZmFkZmozmZ
— Precious Horse (@andrewstando) August 25, 2017
Um……. this is a bad take https://t.co/78xgo7FGe8
— Not Marco Rubio ? (@squirrel_doom) August 25, 2017
Giving the slave owning founders a pass here is a bad take IMO.
— Shaun Houlihan (@shaun2357) August 25, 2017
you dense motherfuckers. https://t.co/JEhDJzpWA8
— Miguel BibancoⓋ (@miguelbibanco) August 25, 2017
ACLU fuckin up real bad lately https://t.co/GJLGlKs4Xx
— TGB (@twitersgoodboy) August 25, 2017
Oh my gosh! Can y'all shut the fuck up already? Just stop!! https://t.co/N1fQy17g8A
— Akilah (@craziforlife) August 25, 2017
Why haven't I fucking blocked you yet God fucking damn you're the worst why can't you just delete your account ffs https://t.co/B5ao5TxGQg
— Sol ? (@nultrasol) August 25, 2017
The British Empire abolished slavery 30 years before the U.S. did. So Washington DID risk his life to preserve slavery. And succeeded. https://t.co/TeHe1968vf
— PopeOfChiliTown ? (@Pope_Chili_Town) August 25, 2017
He literally fought to separate the US from a country that had effectively abolished it so like… https://t.co/YSm8mn2LzY
— Mike Isaacson (@VulgarEconomics) August 25, 2017
he just happened to risk his life and, coincidentally, preserve and participate in the system of slavery at the same time ? https://t.co/xae1Z3A8RD
— dumb but also shitty (@MF_Patsquatch) August 25, 2017
Don't forget that the founding fathers were rich old white guys that committed genocide. https://t.co/DldB9Zb7lW
— Nora Cook (@norpluasaurus) August 25, 2017
Problematic. Maybe Trump had a legitimate point?
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TRIGGERED: ACLU grateful to have its own white supremacist underpinnings called out https://t.co/ri07rghmwX
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 24, 2017
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