In a now-deleted tweet, HuffPost contributor and author Kimberley Johnson was baffled over what she encountered.
“Out on the road the other day I saw an affluent black man driving a BMW with two bumper-stickers,” said Johnson. “One was pro-NRA and the other one was a Tea Party sticker that read, ‘Don’t tread on me.’ This left me very confused.”
After Twitter lit up with responses, many accusing the author of being racist, the story of Johnson’s bewilderment became a talking point across conservative media sites including The Blaze and Red State then was expounded upon by The Daily Mail and Fox.
NRA News commentator Colion Noir extended an open invite to Johnson to come on his show to talk about the issue and told Fox the tweet offended him at first but then provided an opportunity to have a discussion about race and assumption.
As for Johnson, the self-avowed feminist and advocate fired back on social media saying she deleted the tweet because “I do not see the GOP working in the best interests of people of color or women. I never said anyone should vote any particular way. I said it confused me.”
I deleted it because people were putting words in my mouth and changing my original intent. FOR THE RECORD: I do not believe everyone should vote the way I do. However, I am free to wonder what motivates people to vote.
— Kimberley Johnson (@AuthorKimberley) July 5, 2018
While the NRA does not disclose the demographics of their six million members, a number of African-Americans with a national profile have regularly addressed the gun rights organization’s annual meetings to include former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, HUD Secretary Ben Carson and video bloggers Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, popularly known as Diamond and Silk. North Philadelphia community leader Maj Toure, founder of Black Guns Matter, is a gun owner and a card-carrying member of the NRA and believes that the right to keep and bear arms is fundamental, telling Guns.com previously that the Second Amendment is color blind.
The fallout for Johnson’s social media musing gone awry has echoed across the internet, potentially causing collateral damage to those with similar names. As of Monday, the Wikipedia page for Brigham Young University professor Kimberly Johnson– spelled with just one “e”– had been updated to describe her as “an American poet, Renaissance scholar, and racist.”