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.

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  • Laura

    the Willie Lynch people constantly reference didn’t even exist so…

  • They don’t care; plain and simple. These companies, corporations, etc don’t care if they offend Black people.

  • Amber

    My gut is telling me that a black person at AJC tweeted this. still inappropriate, but I’ve never considered the AJC a “racist” or racially insensitive paper

  • I had to unfollow the AJC’s twitter account long ago. They try to be cute when reporting the news. This is highly offensive, but not the first questionable tweet from these folk. This paper has been on the decline for years and they try all sorts of things to stay relevant and now appeal to suburban (read white) Atlanta.