Newsweek sparks outrage after tweeting photo of Martin Luther King Jr. in a casket


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.

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Bernice King, the youngest daughter of MLK Jr., also took notice of the strange tweet.

As did many others.


 

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.

Image: francis miller/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

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Subject: Martin Luther King Jr. attending rally for Freedom Riders. Jackson, Mississippi May 1961 Photographer- Paul Schutzer Time Life Staff Merlin-1150556

Subject: Martin Luther King Jr. attending rally for Freedom Riders. Jackson, Mississippi May 1961 Photographer- Paul Schutzer Time Life Staff Merlin-1150556

Image: The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

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.

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