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A digitally manipulated photograph going around social media attempts to link a group of female Klu Klux Klan members to the Democratic party.
The vintage black-and-white image shared on Facebook on Aug. 1 shows a group of women wearing KKK attire and holding a sign that reads: "Women of the Democrat Party." A caption above the photo says, "You gotta love history!"
The viral photo, which has more than 200 comments and 1,700 shares, was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)
The image is authentic, but it has been altered: The wording on the sign has been changed.
A reverse-image search revealed that the original version of the photograph had one major difference – instead of "Women of the Democrat Party," the sign actually says "Lancaster County."
The picture appears in Getty Images stock photos. Its caption doesn’t give an exact date that the photo was taken but does reveal the location:
"K.K.K. Arrive at Washington. Photo shows women members of the Klan from Lancaster County Pa."
Timeline, a historical news website, published an article about the formation of a KKK branch for women. The same photo of the group of women appears in the story, with the caption: "A contingent of women Ku Klux Klan members from Pennsylvania arrive in Washington D.C. for a march in 1926."
A vintage photograph shared on social media shows a group of women KKK members posing with a sign that says "Women of the Democrat party."
While the women could have certainly belonged to the Democratic party, the sign’s wording in the photo has been digitally manipulated to link the party to the hate group.
This altered image is False.
Facebook post, Aug. 1, 2019
TinEye, Reverse Image search, August 7, 2019
Getty Images, Female Klan Members Arriving in Washington,
Timeline, The KKK started a branch just for women in the 1920s, and half a million joined, June 28, 2017
The Atlantic, When Bigotry Paraded Through the Streets, Dec. 4, 2016
Mashable, Sept. 13, 1926 KKK Washington Parade, accessed Aug. 7, 2019
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