“It’s all fun and games until somebody gets hurt!” Last night on my TL, it was flooded with everyone speaking about “Planking”.
According to Wiki, Planking is defined as:
an activity, popular in various parts of the world, consisting of lying face down in an unusual or incongruous location. The hands must touch the sides of the body, and having a photograph of the participant taken and posted on the Internet is an integral part of the game. Players compete to find the most unusual and original location in which to play. The location should also be as public as possible, and as many people as possible should be involved
I’m not jumping on the bandwagon, just cause others are doing it. I did some research on planking, and it revealed that slaves were chained and attached to “plank” beds. They were forced to lay face down with their arms by their side and their wrist chained to their waist. Some were even stacked on top of each other with no room to move. It may look fun to some people, but it is an insult to others. Although “planking” wasn’t the official terminology used by slave masters it is still seen as an insult to some African Americans. At the same token, it is seen as a core strengthening exercise to others. Clearly the term planking is used for a reason! It’s disrespectful to our ancestors to take such a devastating experience and turn it into a game.