Newsweek went too far with this controversial MLK tweet

Farida Dawkins Jan 2, 2018 at 05:49am

January 02, 2018 at 05:49 am | Opinions & Features

Farida Dawkins

Farida Dawkins | Contributor

January 02, 2018 at 05:49 am | Opinions & Features

Martin Luther King Jr.

As Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday quickly approaches, the icon has been highlighted in the spotlight today however for less than savoury circumstances as Newsweek comes under fire for controversial tweets posted under their Twitter handle.  According to Huffington Post, the now deleted tweet featured an image of Mr King in his casket with the following caption: “Has anybody here seen my old friend Martin?”

Bernice King, Mr King’s daughter fought back by questioning Newsweek on why the message was even put up in the first place. Newsweek later commented acknowledging their mishap and apologized to the King family for what they dubbed an “egregious error.”

In this day and age where racial relations are at all-time high, unnecessary comments as the one posted by Newsweek can be the fuel added to the fire that seeks to divide and conquer. There is much work to be done in overcoming biases and how these prejudices affect the lives of minorities.

Read some responses the Newsweek tweet solicited:

 

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