Starting the New Year off on the wrong footing, Newsweek tweeted, then quickly deleted an image of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in an open casket Monday with a link to an article about notable historical anniversaries in 2018.
The late Civil Rights Leader’s daughter, Bernice King, was among the many Twitter users who were appalled at Newsweek’s use of the image.
“Why, @Newsweek? Wow,” Bernice King wrote in a tweet, referring to the since-deleted post.
— Be A King (@BerniceKing) January 1, 2018
Newsweek removed the tweet and issued an apology to the King family.
“Earlier this afternoon we published an opinion piece with an insensitive image of Martin Luther King Jr. We sincerely apologize to the King family for this egregious error,” the news outlet said on Twitter.
Bernice King went live on social media Monday afternoon to discuss the incident.
“Today I saw where Newsweek published this insensitive image of my father,” she said.
She urged the media to consider King’s family before sharing images of the civil rights activist, particularly in anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the leader’s assassination.
Martin Luther King Jr.’s daughter, Bernice A. King, tweeted Newsweek about sharing an image of her father in an open casket on Twitter on Jan. 1, 2018. (TWITTER/GETTY IMAGES)
“We must never forget that Dr. King was a husband and was a father, we deal all the time just with continuing to manage our father and the great work that he’s done…so it was difficult,” she said of seeing the image.
Bernice King accepted Newsweek’s prompt apology amid the insensitive tone of the tweet.
“I want to thank Newsweek for immediately responding and removing the image and for giving an apology. Apology accepted,” she said.
She said her father’s death nearly 50 years ago still feels fresh.
“My mother continued this great work of my father’s legacy so in some respects we have not been able to bury him,” she said.
She issued a challenge to those wanting to commemorate her father’s death over the next year.
“Keep in mind that there is a living breathing family, three offspring, a sister, a host of nieces and nephews, so as people prepare to post images, try to be careful about the images around him in the casket. Those are difficult; those are very challenging for us to have to see.”
Based on the comments posted across social media, many who saw the image were just as offended that Newsweek opted to run the image of a dead Dr. King along with the article, entitled “Has Anybody Here Seen My Old Friend Martin?” a lyric from the 1960s song “Abraham, Martin and John,” paying tribute to assassinated Americans including King and Presidents Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy.
— Be A King (@BerniceKing) January 1, 2018
Newsweek ran an image of King’s body on the cover of its April 15, 1968, issue following King’s death on April 4 of that year.
Though many images of the open casket photo of Dr. King are still surfacing on social media, out of respect for the King family, the image was not included in this report.
Question Who You Are and Discover Your Purpose by Rose G. Shelton
From a kid, I was a wondering energy. Confused about the contradictions in life I saw in the experiences of the beings around me. The adults, politicians, community leaders, elders and religious heads that graced pulpits, stages and the television waves spoke one thing and lived lives opposing. Friends and neighbors holding onto religious ideologies and at the bottom of the food chain hoping for the truth to one day prove itself to be real and lift them up from the struggles of life. Never seeing it happen, wishing for it in the bye and bye. And yet, these flawed philosophies were expected to inform me of my own belief system about me. I would find myself questioning humanity, religion, life itself. The answers to my many questions, I could not find in the divergence of life playing out before my young eyes. The antagonistic existence and inhumane norms I did not see change much throughout my life.
So I allowed my mind to give me answers that made more sense than those given to me from the outside. When I say my mind, I mean my spirit. Also known as God or the Universe. He nor I care what it is called. Names are limiting and worthless in context. I will leave the fight of naming to those seeking to be right in the fight of inconsistency.
I studied this humanity I was a part. Despite its established hierarchy, I was able to see greatness in the weak and weakness in the great. I found love in those identified as unlovable and judgment in those considered full of love. This confusion of this upside-down world led me to study further. However, the hate and anger toward those that dared be different made me study in silence and not speak of what I assessed. I did not believe my research findings as a child, would be pleasing to peers or adults alike. The search outside of my mind for answers and lucidity ceased the older I got and the internal conversation intensified. This is where I found freedom and my purpose. Inside of me. No one was able to give it to me. No one was able to discover it for me. No one was able to touch it, no one but me.
I had a hard time accepting my eccentricity in a world that honored compliance and traditionalism. I held that celebrating originality was not standard. When discovered, there is always one looking for a way to destroy it in public view and quash all others fire. So, like many of you, I hid it and tried to live a conformed and normal life. Whatever normal is. The problem was when you are an idiosyncratic aware of your peculiar individuality; you become as contradictory and complex as everyone else around you. You become what you are fearful of becoming. Both you and the world; hiding, conforming, confused. Therefore, not living in authenticity. Trapped in relationships with illustrious invalidity.
I realized that I, as others, became defined by experiences, culture, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, tradition and society. I decided to forsake the game life handed to me and walk in my own identity. I no longer desired humanities conscious effort to ignore itself and redefine me. I did not want religion, culture, society, ideology and the like to define, conform or inform me. I let go. I instead questioned every part of me and dug through the rubble of my identity to find myself.
There is an intrinsic truth we all hold waiting to be uncovered. If we allow it to rise to the top, our purpose will become obvious. Sometimes, your purpose is as simple as I am the one that wipes the eyes of the blind. Maybe you help the lame to walk. Possibly you are the one that questions man’s intention and action with discerning inquiring. Despite this likelihood, that unique insatiable vibration that we hold within is killed to be accepted by the blind, the lame and the unquestioned. While the world remains in constant wanting, waiting for us to arise and shine in the full knowing of who we are. We fail them because we neglect to ask the question that I ask you to answer today – Man, who are you?
To help you answer this question, I will tell you one of the ways I allowed the answer to come to me. I close my eyes and stand in the darkness of my mind. In this secret place of my mind, I have no religion, no family, no country, no ideology. There is nothing. I am nothing definable. I am vibration, energy, a movement in the universe that holds an intention that is diminished by words. Yet, I can detect my place in this vastness. I examine my intrinsic nature that has remained constant and true despite experiences and life itself. I apprehend that I am a questioner that questions all things, and yet, I am the holder of answers. I question because questioning brings me answers that faith cannot clarify or quantify.
Since I have recognized and accepted this concept of myself, my life has felt freer and has more value. I am solid in who I am and my purpose. We all have our place and part to play. Without you playing your part, I and others, cannot fully achieve on our path. We benefit from your greatness.
With that said, what are the 8 questions to ask yourself right now to help discover who you are and gain clarity of your purpose.
1. What informs your definition of who you are?
2. Are you defined by life’s stories, traumas, tragedy, money, career, family, religion, race, ethnicity or something intangible?
3. Who do you say you are, what is your 15 second elevator pitch of you?
4. Is your speech about what you do, what you look like or something deeper?
5. What fear keeps you from being uniquely you?
6. What comfort is there in conformity that you believe is not present in arising and shinning as the diamond that you are?
7. If you could do anything in life for free and money was not an issue, what would it be?
8. What do you find yourself doing in every area of your life naturally?
Trump Tweets About an ‘Insecure’ and ‘Biased’ Oprah Winfrey Over Her ’60 Minutes’ Segment
Oprah Winfrey in a 60 minutes segment with a voter focus group on America’s political divide. (Photo Courtesy of CBS News).
Donald Trump venting over the FBI and the Russia investigation took to Twitter on Sunday night in a tweetstorm attack on Oprah Winfrey following her “60 Minutes” segment on America’s political divide. Despite his denial of spending time watching television, his response to Winfrey stated otherwise.
“Just watched a very insecure Oprah Winfrey, who at one point I knew very well, interview a panel of people on 60 Minutes,” tweeted Trump, “The questions were biased and slanted, the facts incorrect. Hope Oprah runs so she can be exposed and defeated just like all of the others!”
Just watched a very insecure Oprah Winfrey, who at one point I knew very well, interview a panel of people on 60 Minutes. The questions were biased and slanted, the facts incorrect. Hope Oprah runs so she can be exposed and defeated just like all of the others!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 19, 2018
Winfrey’s report followed up her September segment featuring the same panel of Trump voters and non-Trump voters in the battleground state of Michigan. The goal of the segment was to understand their thoughts on his presidency and direction of the country one year after he took office.
In the wake of Winfrey’s historic #MeToo speech during the Golden Globes in January, an #Oprah2020 movement took root, with many stars – including Meryl Streep and Steven Spielberg – calling on Winfrey to consider running. Days later, Trump addressed the speculation, telling the press, “Yeah, I’ll beat Oprah.”
In 1999, Trump thought Winfrey would be a good running mate. At the time Trump said: “I know her very well. You know, I did one of her last shows. She had Donald Trump – this was before politics – her last week, and she had Donald Trump and my family. It was very nice.”
Oprah Winfrey, despite earlier rumors of a presidential bid, has been clear that she has no intention of running for president. Making it clear on her intentions she said in a 60 Minutes overtime clip separate from Sunday’s report. “If God actually wanted me to run, wouldn’t God kind of tell me?”
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