ACLU Says ‘White Supremacy Is Everywhere’ – Even at the ACLU

“A white kid with a flag?!” one observer asks in response to ACLU tweet

Twitter users quickly lashed out against The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday afternoon after the organization shared a picture of a toddler holding an American flag and wearing an ACLU “free speech” onesie, along with the message: “This is the future that ACLU members want.”

Many in the Twitterverse accused the organization of promoting white supremacy because the toddler in the picture is white. “What? All blond folk! I don’t get this silly post. The future the ACLU wants is a little bond [sic] kid???” one Twitter user said.

After seeing their followers’ point of view — and after the deadly white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia, earlier this month — the ACLU responded with another tweet.

“When your Twitter followers keep you in check and remind you that white supremacy is everywhere,” the organization’s official handle tweeted alongside a GIF of Kermit the Frog saying, “that’s a very good point.”

In response to the ACLU’s original tweet of the blond tike, anthropologist Michael Oman-Reagan shared pictures of black characters in science-fiction movies and TV shows (one, for example: John Boyega in “Star Wars”) with the words “I’d rather have this future.” After some observers slammed his tweet, Oman-Reagan tweeted: “Point made: White supremacy is so normalized, pervasive, that tweeting images of Black people from Sci-Fi in reply prompts racist rants.”