Atlanta Newspaper Celebrates Lottery Winner Willie Lynch With Slavery Tweet

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Georgia, ladies and gentleman. For historical reference, the Willie Lynch letter (now thought to be a hoax) was purported to be the work of a plantation owner who offered a “method for controlling your black slaves.” Even if this tweet were somehow sent from 200 years ago, it’s still offensive.

Update: The tweet has, predictably, been deleted. A spokesperson at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution was unaware of the message and is now trying to figure out why it happened.

Updated II: The apology:

Update III: And finally, a statement from Atlanta Journal-Constitution editor Kevin Riley: