An Alabama Republican group has apologized after using an image of an elephant that contained Ku Klux Klan-related imagery.
The Lawrence County Republican Party posted a picture on Facebook of the well-known Republican elephant, but the blank spaces between the cartoon elephant’s legs look like hooded KKK members.
Shanon Terry, an official with the Republican organization, apologized in a separate Facebook post for the image, saying she found it through a Google search.
“A Google search image of a Republican elephant was used and later found to have hidden images that do not represent the views or beliefs of the Lawrence County Republican Party. The image was immediately replaced. As president, I take full responsibility for the mistake,” Terry said in the post.
Terry, a member of the Lawrence County Board of Education, said in a statement to USA TODAY on Thursday that he will not be leaving his board seat.
“I look forward to continuing to strive to give every student in Lawrence County the best opportunity to succeed,” he said.
“I am sorry for the mistake that was made, and it was just that, an unintentional mistake. The image posted by me on a political Facebook page was not made with any malicious or harmful intent. Once I realized the negative part of the image, I immediately replaced it and followed up with an apology/explanation the next day,” he added in the statement.
Alabama House Minority Leader Anthony Daniels, a Democratic lawmaker from Huntsville, Alabama, criticized the use of the image, tweeting on Tuesday “Shame on the Lawrence County Republican Party for this disgusting image.”
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Alabama Republican Group Posts Image of Ku Klux Klan, Apologizes for Mistake