A lynching image depicting a black man being hung from a tree was recently posted on the Oklahoma Federation of Republican Women's Facebook page.
The image included the text: “The KKK was formed by the Democrats to keep control over black Americans. The Democrats of today just traded ropes for welfare.”
Pam Pollard, president of the GOP group, told KFOR over the phone that she had not seen the offensive posting, but looked it up when the news station contacted her. By the end of the phone interview, the posting was gone.
Pollard emailed KFOR 4 her apology:
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"The OK Federation of Republican Women regrets that an offensive post was made to our Facebook page today. I did not make the post or approve the post and when it was brought to my attention I immediately deleted it. I have since changed the settings on our page to approve all posts before they are published."
Mark Hammons, head of the Oklahoma Democratic Party, countered, “An apology is hollow and meaningless."
“Its offensive, it’s racist, and its inaccurate, other than it does reflect, apparently, the attitude of the Republican towards people who are disadvantaged or not of the same color that they are,” Hammons added.
The offensive Facebook post made no mention of billions of dollars of corporate welfare that is doled out yearly.
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The Washington Post reported earlier this year on a study by Good Jobs First that ranked the top corporate welfare recipients by companies and by states. In Oklahoma, Weyerhaeuser was reportedly the "largest recipient of subsidy dollars" at $158,195,225.
Earlier in July, the Oklahoma Republican Party used its Facebook page to compare Americans, who receive food stamps, to wild animals. After public outcry, that post was taken down.
The Huffington Post reported in February that 2013 numbers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that 40.2 percent of food stamp recipients were white, while 25.7 were black.