Minneapolis council member responds to racially charged Photoshop blunder

The racially charged campaign mailer was sent out last week.

Minneapolis City Council member Barb Johnson, who has served the city's 4th Ward since the late 1990s, is distancing herself from an embarrassing campaign mailer gaffe that surfaced on social media Monday. 

The mailer in question, seen in the tweet below, appears to show a black woman and her child Photoshopped – badly – over a white woman and child in a stock image. 

The photo doctoring seems to be a misguided attempt to appeal to residents of the 4th Ward, which is in northwestern Minneapolis. As City Pages points out, the majority of the people who live there are non-white.

With the election just three weeks away (on Nov. 7), the ad is heaping some unwanted attention on Johnson. 

Twitter users and Facebook commenters are mocking the DFL council member, and the person who originally shared the ad said it's now "time to make a change" in Johnson's district.

For her part, Johnson addressed the controversy on Facebook Tuesday, explaining that a group called "Minneapolis Works!" – and not her campaign – was in fact responsible for creating the mailer and sending it out. 

You can read the full statement below:

GoMN has reached out to Johnson's office for further comment. 

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