The next time you’re thinking of tweeting a photo of a Civil Rights legend in a casket, just, uh … don’t.
Earlier today, the Newsweek twitter account shared a photo of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his casket with the caption, “Have you seen my brother Martin?” The tweet was promptly deleted, but not before it caught the attention and ire of Twitter.
Bernice King, the youngest daughter of MLK Jr., also took notice of the strange tweet.
As did many others.
Why did @Newsweek use an image of MLK in his casket to anchor their random compilation piece?
— deray (@deray) January 1, 2018
The tweet appears to be referencing an article from the Council of Foreign Affairs site, which listed historical anniversaries from this year. It’s a painful and necessary anniversary to remember, so Twitter pleaded the site to use a less triggering photo. Literally any other photo would do.
There’s so much greatness to pull from.
We reached out to Newsweek to ask how the photo was included in the tweet, but did not get a response.