'White elevators' sign at Republican Convention lead to internet ridicule

Posted at 1:11 PM, Jul 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-18 16:11:36-04

What was supposed to be a display of patriotism at the Republican National Convention had some feeling uncomfortable over the weekend.

In an attempt to make Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena easier to navigate, the RNC designated three separate banks of elevators as the “Red Elevators,” “White Elevators” and “Blue Elevators.”

However, when taken out of context, signs for “White Elevators” conjure images of the Jim Crow South.



Byron Tau of the Wall Street Journal shared the image of the sign on Twitter on Saturday, saying the Convention was planning on replacing them “for obvious reasons.”

Of course, before the signs could be replaced, the internet threw some punches.




Alex Hider is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @alexhider.