Republican Party Gets Reproved For ‘Darkening’ Colin Kaepernick’s Skin In Photo
By Izza Sofia, 12 Jul 2019
Image via JStone / Shutterstock.com
The Republican Party of the US has suffered backlash for purportedly altering a photo of former NFL star Colin Kaepernick.
The offending email, sent out by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), includes an image of Kaepernick alongside US president Donald Trump with the message, “Who do you stand with?”
The picture shows Kaepernick kneeling down during the national anthem in 2016, but this time, he apparently has a complexion darker than the one depicted in the original photo.
The photo has been described as “disgusting” by one Democratic representative, who laments to Yahoo News that the Republicans seem to be “running on racism.” The representative also labels the alleged edit as “offensive and fireable,” and asserts that “there is no accountability in the Republican Party.”
However, according to NRCC’s communications director Chris Pack, Kaepernick’s skin color was not doctored to look darker. Twitter users also stepped in to say that the image might look different due to the filter applied to it.
Check out the photo below. What do you make of it?
They didn't darken his skin. They just used a different filter. There are enough legit emergencies going on in this country, please dont waste outrage on this.— DiamondandSulk (@HarryTokus) July 11, 2019
Did they do a filter to remove the logos before or after they darken his skin? Just asking.— P Davis💜 (@PDavis19) July 11, 2019
A photograph of former NFL star Colin Kaepernick, originally taken by the Miami Herald, was doctored and used in a GOP fundraising email to show the African-American quarterback with significantly darkened skin on his face and arms. https://t.co/kyIJW37U2q— The Sacramento Bee (@sacbee_news) July 11, 2019
[via Independent, opening image via JStone / Shutterstock.com]
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