A viral meme claims to show Sarah Huckabee Sanders dressed as a Ku Klux Klan member for Halloween
The photo was allegedly taken in 1993, in Little Rock
The meme was shared thousands of times after it was posted to the Wake Up America Facebook page
In 2012, the same image was used in a satirical article about Chick-fil-A
The picture originated from a 2008 article on Mother Jones
A viral meme on Facebook has some believing that White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders dressed up as a member of the Ku Klux Klan for Halloween in 1993 in Little Rock. The girl in the photograph is not Sanders and the picture was not taken in Little Rock or in 1993.
This is not the first time the same image has been used for satire. In 2012, the image made it on Snopes after someone did a half-ass job of layering a Chick-fil-A sign over the girl.
Free Wood Post
The image was then used in a satirical article on the Free Wood Post titled “Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy – ‘We Don’t Like The Blacks Either.'” The satirical article was shared on Facebook over 300,000 times in total.
The viral satirical Chick-fil-A article is still not the birth of the image. While the image has made a few appearances across the Web over the years, it first appeared in an article on Mother Jones in March of 2008.
The article, titled “Aryan Outfitters Meet the KKK’s seamstress of hate couture,” was a photo essay put together by New York photojournalist Anthony Karen. Karen focused on a 58-year-old woman known only as “Ms. Ruth” who sews hoods and robes for members of the KKK seven days a week.
Wake Up America
Most recently, the image was shared on the Facebook page “Wake Up America” where it was shared thousands of times. The picture reads, “Sarah Huckabee Sanders Halloween, 1993, Little Rock.”
The caption with the image read, “The problem is not whether this photo is real or not — it’s that no one would be surprised in the slightest if it IS real.”
With racial tensions at an all-time high and President Donald Trump’s approval ratings at an all-time low, the image was quickly spread in an attempt to link the Trump administration with white supremacist groups. However, spreading a fake meme without any research only discredits legitimate links that have been found.