Comedian/Actor Mike Epps is being slammed for a Instagram photo he posted of a Black man whipping white slaves.

The now deleted picture shows three white men without shirts in a cotton field while a Black man stands over them with a whip. In the top left-hand side of the photo Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is seen smiling. Epps captioned the image, “I am so proud of you bro! Lol.”

TMZ broke the story on yesterday and now Epps has issued an apology.

Epps spoke with TMZ about the incident and said the photo started as a joke with his nephews. He also noted that he thought the photo was absurd and funny — but he understands why some people were angry.

Mike Epps has a new AOL series “That’s Racist” ¬†debuting on Monday where he will be interviewing people around the country about racist stereotypes.

Check out the trailer below:

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