MLK Links Arms with Eric Garner, Officer Liu on New Yorker Cover

Last week, The New Yorker used its cover to pay tribute to the murdered cartoonists of Charlie Hebdo. But for next week’s issue, which will be released on Martin Luther King Day, the magazine has unveiled a cover that is likely to have stronger resonance in its home city.

In a scene out of Selma, the cover shows the following figures locking arms, from left to right: Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Michael Brown and NYPD Officer Wenjian Liu:

“It struck me that King’s vision was both the empowerment of African-Americans, the insistence on civil rights, but also the reconciliation of people who seemed so hard to reconcile,” artist Barry Blitt said of his piece. “In New York and elsewhere, the tension between the police and the policed is at the center of things. Like Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner, Michael Brown and Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, Martin Luther King was taken way too early. It is hard to believe things would have got as bad as they are if he was still around today.”

[Photo via The New Yorker]

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