A meme featuring a picture of a white woman holding a box of white roses is making waves in the wake of the death of a young African-American man.
The “I think It’s a Nice Story” meme began circulating on Twitter after the death on Aug. 19 of Eric Garner, a Staten Island man who died in police custody after a confrontation with New York City police.
The photo appeared on Twitter as early as Sept. 14, but it’s not known if it was shared before then.
The caption reads: “I can’t wait to see my mom and dad, they always make me smile, like this picture from a box.”
The meme has been used on various social media platforms and was the subject of a discussion on The View with Dr. Oz.
Dr. Oz said he thinks the meme has created a “false equivalence” in a discussion about the death penalty.
“I think what this meme says is that if you have to use the death sentence for an African- American, the death sentences are just a terrible, horrible thing,” he said.
“And this is a very, very sad thing.
Dr. O’Neil said the phrase was being used to “send a message” to African-Americans that if they have a criminal record, they will be treated unfairly.”
I do not think it is fair to say that a person who has a history of having to use that word can’t be a human being.”
Dr. O’Neil said the phrase was being used to “send a message” to African-Americans that if they have a criminal record, they will be treated unfairly.
The death of Eric F. Garner is one of a handful of recent police-involved deaths that have brought the country to the forefront of race relations and protests, drawing national attention to the racial divide.
In the past year, several African- Americans have died in the line of duty, including Tamir Rice, whose father was shot and killed by a police officer in Cleveland in 2014.