A county Republican party in Alabama has issued an apology after posting pictures of the Ku Klux Klan to its Facebook page.
The Lawrence County Republican Party, which covers an area west of Decatur in the state’s northwest, has said it intends to release a graphic of the elephant often used as the Republican Party mascot, but a version with the spaces published between the elephant’s legs look like hooded clansmen.
“I want to offer a deep and sincere apology for an image that temporarily appeared on this page last night,” Shannon Terry wrote in a Facebook post apologizing for the image. “A Google search image of a GOP elephant was used and later discovered to contain hidden images that do not reflect the views or beliefs of the Lawrence County Republican Party.”
The picture was not originally drawn to flatter the Republican Party. It is from 2020 Mother Jones Article in which longtime GOP strategist Stuart Stevens described the party as racist at its core.
The image appeared at the end of a post announcing that county party leader Daniel Stover was stepping down from the role and thanking him for his service.
State Assemblyman Anthony Daniels, the House Minority Leader, condemned the use of the image in a tweet.
KKK images have a special history in Alabama, a state that was a bastion of racial segregation and violent resistance to the civil rights movement. According to research by the University of Missouri in Kansas City, 299 blacks were lynched in Alabama between 1882 and 1968.
The state continues to grapple with its history of slavery. In February, the University of Alabama Board of Trustees voted to remove the Bibb Graves name from a campus building. Mr. Graves, who ran the state in the 1920s and 1930s, ran a group of the Ku Klux Klan from a campus building. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Klan is still active in Alabama today.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/alabama-republican-kkk-imagery-gop-b2148036.html Alabama Republican group apologizes for posting KKK images