CLAIM

Barack Obama as a Black Panther?

FALSE

RATING

FALSE

ORIGIN

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This image of Barack Obama as a young Black Panther is doctored.

Images altered to suggest President Barack Obama was an active Black Panther aren’t new; a prior version similarly manipulated an existing photograph, which was subsequently circulated via e-mail and web sites prone to spreading misinformation.

Below is the original, unaltered photograph, first published to the web no later than 27 December 2009, showing two individuals in front of various symbols of the New Black Panther Party (a militant group with little to do with the original Black Panthers):

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On 23 July 2014, the web site Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children shared the altered image; it was later deleted (presumably because someone pointed out the photo was not an authentic depiction of President Obama) but remained visible in the linked reverse-image search result.

The precise source of the photograph was unclear, as versions of it posted to the internet were invariably found on sites which used it as a general illustration of content relating to Black Panthers, rather than discussing a specific event. A visible date stamp appeared to suggest the original photograph was taken in 1998.