On Tuesday, the Women’s March apologized after hilariously sending out an email reporting an average donation of $14.92, a figure reflecting the year Christopher Columbus landed in the Americas.
The Women’s March quickly shot to Twitter, stating, “We apologize deeply for the email that was sent today. $14.92 was our average donation amount this week.” They then continued, “It was an oversight on our part to not make the connection to a year of colonization, conquest, and genocide for Indigenous people, especially before Thanksgiving.”
It is unclear if the apology was in response to specific complaints made by email recipients offended by the mention of 1492. The Women’s March did not immediately respond to a request to comment.
The apology was widely mocked on Twitter, with many users saying they could not determine whether or not the post was satire.
According to a screenshot posted by Daybreak PAC founder Jackie Fielder, the email asked people to specifically donate $14.92 in support of the group’s efforts to advocate for abortion rights in front of the Supreme Court.
The email attracted criticisms from both left and right personalities on Twitter, some of whom claimed the number is “tone deaf” in relation to racial issues.
Columbus has become a controversial historical figure, and critics view the holiday recognizing his discovery as celebrating colonialism and offending indigenous people.
The group has become a leading voice of advocacy on women’s issues over the past several years, creating protesting events and organizing marches to protest individuals such as Amy Coney Barrett and the Trump administration.