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 For historical reference, the Willie Lynch letter (now thought to be a hoax) was purported to be the work of a plantation owner who offered a “method for controlling your black slaves.”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: