An altered photo on a mailer sent out by New Mexico Republicans darkened the hands of a person representing a sex offender.

Democratic lawmakers and others called on the Republican Party of New Mexico on Thursday to disavow a political mailer the Democrats condemned as racist.

The mailer paid for by the state GOP and targeting Democrats in at least nine competitive House districts uses a stock photo that was altered to darken the skin tone of the hands of a person who represents a sex offender cutting a boy’s hair.

“These images leave scars,” the Rev. Charles E. Becknell, a longtime civil rights leader and president of the New Mexico chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, said during a news conference in Albuquerque.

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