Posted: Wednesday 18th June 2014 at 8:30 am

Delta Airlines Apologises For ‘Racist’ Giraffe Gaffe About Ghana After USA Beats Black Stars

56c2575793656 784231 Delta Airlines Apologises For Racist Giraffe Gaffe About Ghana After USA Beats Black StarsDelta Airlines has been accused of “racism” and forced to apologise after a tweet it posted about the World Cup portrayed Ghana with a picture of a giraffe – despite the fact that there are no giraffes in Ghana.

The tweet congratulated the US football team for its 2 – 1 victory over the African nation last night, and the airline’s social media team clearly wanted to represent this with a striking image.

The Statue of Liberty was understandably chosen to stand for the US but, in a choice described as “racial stereotyping” by one football writer, the airline displayed a distinct lack of local knowledge by using a picture of the long-necked animal to represent Ghana.

Large swathes of Africa are giraffe-free – including Ghana and the majority of its West African neighbours. Twitter user Tom Chaplin wrote: “What do giraffes have to do with Ghana?”

Another (@demimoiselle) said the tweet showed Delta thought that “Ghana = Africa = giraffe”, and a New Jersey-based blogger (@zellieimani) described it as the “most ignorant and racist thing this week”.

Others came to the airline’s defence, however, describing the incident as “ignorance” not “racism”. Brian Hennigan tweeted: “Being racist and not knowing where giraffes live are two different things, leave Delta alone.”

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