Memo to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Slavery isn’t fodder for jokes. After Willie Lynch of Atlanta won the $1 million Georgia lottery, the newspaper thought it’d be an opportune time to poke fun at the winner’s name and its connection to slavery.
Linking him to historical figure Willie Lynch, believed to be a slave owner who gave a speech on how to control slaves (which is now circulating on the internet as a letter), The Atlanta Journal-Constitution tweeted: “$1M GA Lottery winner Willie Lynch can get 40 acres and a whole lotta mules.”
But nobody laughed. Soon after, the paper deleted the tweet and offered an apology, though we’re confused as to why they thought it was an acceptable joke in the first place.