The Iowa Republican Party on Friday night posted a controversial flowchart explaining how to answer the question: “Is someone racist?”

The flowchart was taken down soon after its posting, but the Daily Beast, which first reported the news, grabbed a screen-shot of it.


To determine whether a person is racist, according to the flowchart, first ask whether they’re white; if not, the chart says they’re not racist.

If they are, the chart then asks, “Do you like them?” and if the answer is yes, they’re not a racist. If the answer is no, they are.

The chart concludes with a note: “If you think this flowchart isn’t funny, then this flowchart is racist.”

The posting on the party’s page was accompanied by a message calling for viewers to “LIKE and SHARE!”

“Because it's Friday night and we don't need serious political posts on Friday night we are sharing this. Happy Friday and LIKE and SHARE! Unless you think the chart is racist, then don’t,” the message reads.

According to the Daily Beast it was posted at 8 p.m. EST and within 25 minutes had received 46 likes and 16 shares. The comments visible on the screenshot are contentious, with one commenter calling it an “incredibly counterproductive post,” while another posted what appears to be a conservative joke about the president.

Shortly after the post was taken down, Iowa GOP Chairman A.J. Spiker took to the same Facebook page to apologize for the post.

"Earlier tonight, a contractor of the Iowa GOP made a post referencing a discussion on race that the GOP believes was in bad taste and inappropriate. We apologize to those whom were offended, have removed the post and are ensuring it does not happen again,” Spiker wrote.