Pelosi Shares Photo of the Wrong Black Guy While Honoring Willie Mays
Posts image of San Francisco Giants legend Willie McCovey by mistake
Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was widely mocked after she posted a photo of herself with the wrong black player while wishing San Francisco Giants legend Willie Mays a happy 90th birthday.
While attempting to honor baseball star Mays, Pelosi shared a photo of herself with a different black player - Giants icon Willie McCovey.
"Happy 90th Birthday to an all-American icon, Willie Mays," a tweet from Pelosi's official Twitter account read, alongside a photo of McCovey.
"A trailblazing, record-breaking baseball player, civil rights leader, and champion for youth sports and well-being, Willie Mays is a civic legend and national treasure. #SayHey90."
The tweet was later deleted but not before social media users took screenshots of the post.
Pelosi was roundly criticized, with many accusing the speaker of not being able to "tell two black men apart."
"Madam Speaker, that's not Willie Mays," former Trump White House press secretary Sean Spicer tweeted in response to the now-deleted tweet.
"'Cause all black people look the same," Fox News contributor Deneen Borelli commented.
One user called it "pretty inexcusable," while conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza asked whether Pelosi thinks "all blacks look alike."
Pretty inexcusable to mix up Mays and McCovey when you’re San Francisco’s Congressional Representative. https://t.co/GJar618t1q— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) May 8, 2021
"Can she not tell two black men apart," Chuck Woolery tweeted.
Can she not tell two black men apart?https://t.co/GRQvSJNDTJ— Chuck Woolery (@chuckwoolery) May 8, 2021
Pelosi has since issued a new tweet with the same wording and a photo of herself posing beside Mays.
Happy 90th Birthday to an all-American icon, Willie Mays. A trailblazing, record-breaking baseball player, civil rights leader, and champion for youth sports and well-being, Willie Mays is a civic legend and national treasure. #SayHey90https://t.co/KLinpgJ0yL pic.twitter.com/hlpnU4nYpH— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) May 7, 2021
McCovey and the Say Hey Kid are both black Hall of Famers who played together for almost two decades for the San Francisco Giants.
However, McCovey died in 2018 at 80.
It’s unclear how long the embarrassing post lingered on the speaker’s Twitter account.
Her office claims the issue was down to a staff error.
Black activists told The New York Post the Pelosi tribute was typical of Democratic outreach that focuses on symbols rather than fulfilling campaign promises.
“Instead of symbolic gestures, like putting up pictures of baseball players, how about she talk about reparations,” Hawk Newsome, a New York City Black Lives Matter activist, told The Post.
“That’s the problem with Democrats, we vote for them first and they think about us last.”