Why Black People Will Never Get Ahead: #Planking

The Internet craze “planking” made headlines around the world last month when a young man fell to his death from a hotel balcony in Brisbane, Queensland. According to London tabloid the Daily Mail, the man tried to “plank” himself by laying across the balcony railing.

Planking involves participants lying down in unusual places and then uploading pictures of themselves to social networking websites.

Ever since planking claimed it’s first victim, there have been other deaths and serious injuries connected to the fad. What once was strictly isolated to groups of idle middle class teens on Facebook has now reached black Twitter.

Yesterday, “planking” trended on Twitter.com for hours, fueled by tweets containing black Twitter’s version of planking. Socially conscious Twitter users raised the theory that planking is a racist term derived from the African slave trade when shippers stacked slaves on planks in slave ships. But there is no evidence to support their theory that the term originated from the slave trade.



 


  • jazi65

    That has got to be the dumbest craze I’ve ever seen.

  • GAGIRL87

    Yeah so um I heard bout this chit last year and out of all these photos I only see one black girl doing this stupid chit and I’m assuming the only reason she’s doing it is b/c she has white friends I bet cha :coffee:

    :dead: @ this title Sandra #notcool

  • http://chokolatemilk.blogspot.com Choco aka Hippie

    Yes stupid Slim Thug and LeToya uploaded their planking twit pics – ppl are soooo in need of belonging they will do anything damn thing #EWWW

  • West Coast Chick

    :blink:

  • http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/5d5eb1d6c7/go-the-f-ck-to-sleep-as-read-by-samuel-l-jackson YSoSerious

    Bull. Sh*t. For so many, many reasons. :coffee:

  • Daisy

    Somebody did a special on plankin a few mths back cause this guy died it had to be GMA/20/20 I hope nobody else dies. Folks on twitter had pics of babies n animals plankin

  • http://twitter.com/_imOther_ Mamacita

    I did a few yesterday :lol:

    #sueme

    And why does it have to be a black issue? It’s a competition that started in Australia right? So clearly black people aren’t only ones doing it.

    It’s a game and some people find it amusing. If you don’t then don’t do it. Lighten up people…

  • howmanylicks_07

    Umm in the second pic a man planking and eating someone out :lick:

    WOOOW

  • kahmmillion

    This crap right here is stoooooopid. Planking really! Get a job!

  • http://mobile.twitter.com/iamwonderchick2 LesBinLuv

    **uploading my planking pic as we speak** :shrugs:

  • mydestiny

    How is what the black girl doing planking? It just looks to me like she’s passed out on the floor from drinking too much! :shrugs:

  • Torae

    Yea, what does it have to do with BLACK PEOPLE! I’m so sick of the whole lumping all black folks together. All the pics you showed, and I ONLY SEE ONE BLACK PERSON!!!!!

    stop lumping black folks together! What one black person does HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH WHAT ANOTHER BLACK PERSON IS DOING!

  • http://youtu.be/rGrqW3nx5HM kimip84

    I had no idea what people on FB were talking about with the whole planking thing

  • GAGIRL87

    @ howmanylicks_07 says daymn I just noticed dat lol :coffee:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLYbDg242EY&safety_mode=true&persist_safety_mode=1 His_Mommy623

    WTF is this? :rofl:

    aMESS.edu

  • http://youtu.be/rGrqW3nx5HM kimip84

    LMFAO @His!! i agree

  • GAGIRL87

    @ howmanylicks_

    now thats #creative :yes:

  • http://twitter.com/_imOther_ Mamacita

    @Torae I was JUST thinking that! How can she try to make it a “black” issue but 90% of the pics she posted were NOT BLACK PEOPLE. I swear some folks just…

  • blunt

    wouldn’t mind doing the planking in the second pic dude definitely looking cozy.

  • SamYell JacksEm is AWESOME

    I don’t get it :shrug:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLYbDg242EY&safety_mode=true&persist_safety_mode=1 His_Mommy623

    *bats lashes @Kimi* :hug:

    how u just gawn get purdii’er with each gravi bew? :love:

  • http://pearlswindow.com Carrington

    Not real sure how planking will stop black folk from getting ahead, but being a drug dealing, gun toting/purchasing rapper who hasn’t learned a “lesson” from incarceration 1, 2, 3 OR 4 will. (T.I.)

  • GAGIRL87

    For future references “rompers” are not to be worn by everybody :coffee:

  • KDub

    Wayament….there is a black Twitter????

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLYbDg242EY&safety_mode=true&persist_safety_mode=1 His_Mommy623

    *waits for GA to put my new shoes in her gravi*

    cus she tripping right nah! *sucks teefs*

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLYbDg242EY&safety_mode=true&persist_safety_mode=1 His_Mommy623

    KDUB! :yahoo:

    u need something? *gets order form ready*

  • JEMMA29

    This **** aint got nothing to do with black people. The headline should have read “this is why STUPID people will never get ahead.”

  • KDub

    Planking looks like the “Dirty Dancing” high lift to me.

  • prynsexxx

    :dead: @ Samyell’s plankin pic…..and @mydestiny :rofl:

    I know NOTHING about THIS “trend/fad”.

  • http://twitter.com/_imOther_ Mamacita

    @Awesome :rofl: I saw that pic yeterday. They took it WAAAAAAY too far with that one!

  • GAGIRL87

    @ His hey my bookey :waves:

    I’m tryna show my brother a lil love lol :yes:

    I’m going to get my hair cut like yours this weekend I told you I’m not playing bout that bang boo :yes:

  • http://youtu.be/rGrqW3nx5HM kimip84

    :kiss: His I ask myself that same question every time you change your pic! how are you love?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLYbDg242EY&safety_mode=true&persist_safety_mode=1 His_Mommy623

    @GA otay gawn and give lil bro some attention lol :hug: aww we finna be sisters in bangs eh? #proud

    @Kimi, oh im maintaining suga! and yourself? :boobs:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLYbDg242EY&safety_mode=true&persist_safety_mode=1 His_Mommy623

    :rofl: @Awesomes gravi
    :hahaha:

  • SamYell JacksEm is AWESOME

    :wail: His don’t beat me no mo……is you is or is you ain’t my baby?

  • Fayla

    WTF is this?

    aMESS.edu
    ______
    :rofl: Hey Gawjus!

  • http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/5d5eb1d6c7/go-the-f-ck-to-sleep-as-read-by-samuel-l-jackson YSoSerious

    So this is what people do for fun now? :huh:

  • Fayla

    :dead: & :casket: headstone says blame AWESOME’S fuggin gravi!!!

  • UrbanBeauty

    We plank all the time at the gym in my core conditioning class. GREAT for the abs. :shrug:

  • Peachpussycat

    So THIS is plankin’? Oh. :coffee:

    @Sandra, it’s like Fort Knox to get on your twitter page. Approve my damn request on twitter, damn it!! **pounds fist on desk** @GirlPeachy

    Back to your regularly scheduled fluckery!

  • Fayla

    @Sandra, u d@mn wrong 4 the title of this post AND 4 segregating Twitter! :nono: :rofl:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNTI5HKrO44 French KI$$E$

    :rofl:

    ok now i know what planking is…….

    funny cause i was going to ask you guys what it was yesterday

    i knew someone in here would know :lol:

  • StillASassyOne

    LMAO! If you simple enough to do it on a hotel balcony and you fall to your death then: :haha:

    Yes- I’m laughing! You dumb fukk! And I’m not going to apologize for it either! And you BETTER not land your dead azz on my automobile because dead muhfukkas don’t have auto insurance! That’s my ONLY concern!

  • Beautyisme

    Really??? Stupidity at its finest.dead:

  • PAHairston

    Hello All. Planking. Learn something new almost er day on Sandrarose.com. Plank on idiots, plank on!

  • Peachpussycat

    DAMN @Sassy!!! :lol:

  • brenden

    Twitter was crazy with this phenom yesterday. I wasn’t too familiar before then, don’t know what it has to do with Black folks getting ahead? Most of the pics I saw involved white participants. Some of them were very creative. Anything can lead to death if done improperly. We had a woman die one year while participating in a drink as much water as you can radio station contest. It was during a heat wave we were experiencing a few yrs back. Who’d have thought a water drinking contest would lead to death? Indeed it did, she drowned her lungs. Yes planking is silly, but if done properly can be very artistic. The picture of homeboy planking in betwixt ol girls legs is creative and erotic.imo. You don’t see any nudity. I say go for it. It’s better than watching clips of folks shake their laffy taffy.lol

  • xamaycan

    Sandra what does this stupid trend have to do with black people never getting ahead?> SMH its comments like that that keep black epople from getting ahead. Its people like lil wayne that keep black epople from getting ahead…theres so many other things that keep black people from getting ahead, I could go on for days…but THIS stupid trend is not one of them.

  • StillASassyOne

    @Peach
    Seriously! I truly laugh at people who die/get arrested doing obviously idioticly sh*t for kicks & giggles! They would have wanted me to laugh anyway- thats WHY they did it!

    Gonna “plank” on a hotel balcony, fall off and expect me to cry- hellz NO! I’m laughing just like I would’ve had your simple azz made it down off the railing. Call you a effin idiot the same way too. Difference is…now you’re just a “dead dumb fukk.” :shrug:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNTI5HKrO44 French KI$$E$

    UrbanBeauty says:

    We plank all the time at the gym in my core conditioning class. GREAT for the abs.
    _________________________________________________

    ohhhh that’s right :smack: :lol: my friend taught me that last month

  • blunt

    StillASassyOne says:

    LMAO! If you simple enough to do it on a hotel balcony and you fall to your death then:

    Yes- I’m laughing! You dumb fukk! And I’m not going to apologize for it either! And you BETTER not land your dead azz on my automobile because dead muhfukkas don’t have auto insurance! That’s my ONLY concern!
    ____________________________________________

    well as long as you have comprehensive (OTC) coverage you should be fine :popcorn:

  • prynsexxx

    @Carrington……..are you planking in your gravi? LOL J/K :smirks:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLYbDg242EY&safety_mode=true&persist_safety_mode=1 His_Mommy623

    that dayum SASO! :hump: hey bewlicious :love:

    @Fay, Hayyyyyy bew Hayyyyyy :hug:

    @Awesome, po thang :hug: lol

  • Belle

    xamaycan says:

    Its people like lil wayne that keep black epople from getting ahead…theres so many other things that keep black people from getting ahead, I could go on for days…but THIS stupid trend is not one of them.

    ___________________________________________

    And that nut Fantasia! Plz tell me that heffa is not really preggo by that TMobile salesman!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNTI5HKrO44 French KI$$E$

    S/N I would love to be apart of a nudiest colony :coffee:

  • howmanylicks_07

    The only form of planking I wanna do look like pic number two. :grill:

  • Peachpussycat

    @Sassy we had some guys here a few months back that died skateboarding off a building. WHAT DID THEY THINK WAS GOING TO HAPPEN? Their parents were in an uproar and wanted to sue the building because they shouldn’t have been able to access the roof. WTF?? Your child goes and skateboards off a roof and you wanna sue????

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNTI5HKrO44 French KI$$E$

    #pressplay on “End Of Time” for @belle

    :party:

  • blunt

    howmanylicks_07 says:

    The only form of planking I wanna do look like pic number two.
    _____________________

    :cosign: me too :yes:

  • xamaycan

    @ Belle…Ooooo I heard about that! SMDH…I dunno I saw pics but some are saying she gained the wieght for a movie/play role or something like that.

  • Peachpussycat

    Me too @Howmany :wink:

    :waves: @His,French

  • DELTADOLL

    damn sandra this craze started with other ppl but u always find away to blam black ppl smh at you

  • Belle

    @French :danban1: :yahoo: :danban:

  • StillASassyOne

    :mad:

    I just typed a whole response back to His, French & Blunt and the damn sh*t erased without posting!! Mann…..FUKK THE POLICE!!!

    @Peach****Cat
    If I was in charge of that building, I’d have told them parents that their dumb azz kids shouldve known that skate-boarding off a building wouldn’t have great results. Fukk your lawsuit. A bunch of dumb azz kids dead and you wanna sue somebody else for not instilling common fukking sense in your misguided brat. Chile, please!

  • Belle

    xamaycan says:

    @ Belle…Ooooo I heard about that! SMDH…I dunno I saw pics but some are saying she gained the wieght for a movie/play role or something like that.

    __________________________________________

    Yeah I heard she was playin Mahalia Jackson…but Mahalia was big all over…not just belly. Fantasia needs a beatin if that’s true. She can’t cry dumb no more! She don learned to read & graduated nstuff ( :rolleyes: )…NO EXCUSES!

  • blunt

    :offtopic:

    @ Belle

    You remind me of a girl I used ta know :crying:

    Belle your are soo beautiful just like her

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNTI5HKrO44 French KI$$E$

    @sassy come here “hug:

    @peachessss now i see why dawn and i thought your dog was a cat :lol:
    cause of your nameeeeee hehe i knew i saw cat somewhere

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNTI5HKrO44 French KI$$E$

    @sassy :hug: damn emoticons

  • xamaycan

    LMAO @ Belle…

  • Belle

    @Blunt :hug: awww thank u! :heart: when folks tell me I remind them of someone, that person is usually loca… was she?

  • LolliepopLyfe

    Awwww, there’s nothing to be afraid of! The black kids on twitter won’t be able to post pics of planking in places that are even half as interesting as the white kids doing it. It will all be over soon… *pats ur heads*

  • Peachpussycat

    @French Dawn is just a damn fewl!!! Y’all saw my lil’ puppy as my avi on twitter. :lol:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNTI5HKrO44 French KI$$E$

    :typing:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNTI5HKrO44 French KI$$E$

    @peach gurl idk what’s wrong with us cause my eye sight is still there :no: smh

  • http://absurdvanity.com AbsurdVanity

    :shrug: I only saw one Black person in those planking pics and she wasn’t even doing it right. Am I missing something? This is not a Black thing…

  • http://chokolatemilk.blogspot.com Choco aka Hippie

    I can’t with my RCAMPS pls HELP ME

  • Fayla

    :offtopic: listening to Luther Vandross’ “If Only For One Night” & if that ain’t an invitation to a DL bruvah, iono wth is!

  • blunt

    @Belle

    :hahaha: …… Yeah full of all dat loca ish but :hunching: was on point

  • howmanylicks_07

    Fayla says:

    listening to Luther Vandross’ “If Only For One Night” & if that ain’t an invitation to a DL bruvah, iono wth is!
    ______________________________

    Why!!!!! LOL!
    :dead:

  • CHA CHA

    Blunt did you forget this was a MUTHAFLUCKIN FAMILY ORIENTED BLOG… Keep your mind out the gutter :rules:

  • lovezoe

    I saw a planking pic where to men where naked and… I saw one yesterday with a girl on tombstone, now that was rude.

  • Belle

    @Blunt LOL see I knew it! :yes:

  • Fayla

    U can CHA CHA CHA 2 this mardi gras Sup bewlicious?? :hug:

  • howmanylicks_07

    @lovezoe were the two men naked listening to luther “if only for one night”

  • blunt

    this was a MUTHAFLUCKIN FAMILY ORIENTED BLOG
    ____________________________
    :oops:

    key word WAS………….
    Seriously Cha what I said?? :waiting:

  • Fayla

    @howmanylicks (luv ur handle) as long as i’ve loved & listened 2 that song, 4 some reason hearing it today SCREAMED DL Anthem :shrug:

  • lovezoe

    Naw, I think they were listening to R. Kelly’s “Keep it on the Down low”

  • Fayla

    howmanylicks_07 says:

    @lovezoe were the two men naked listening to luther “if only for one night”
    _______
    :rofl:

  • leapyearpisces

    Choco,

    If you gotta heating pad, it will do the trick… I used to have horrible (like be in the bed all day cramps) until I had the twins. If you take are am aspirin taker TWO Tylenol Arithitis will do the trick too. :wink:

  • CHA CHA

    Fayla says:

    U can CHA CHA CHA 2 this mardi gras Sup bewlicious??

    HEY FAY FAY FREAKIN GORGEOUSNESS … :kiss:

    Just fluckin with you BLUNT … whats in a name BLUNT for BLUNT objects, BLUNT as in straight to the point or SMOKA THEE :blunt:

  • howmanylicks_07

    lovezoe says:

    Naw, I think they were listening to R. Kelly’s “Keep it on the Down low”

    _______________________

    Even better

  • leapyearpisces

    Fayla,

    and one of my favorite Loofah songs was “Creep”…now you got me thinking about the true meaning of that song :think: goes to a lyric blog to see the exact words :typing:

  • http://chokolatemilk.blogspot.com Choco aka Hippie

    @Leap
    Two Tylenol arthritis I’ve never heard of that but girl I have them all day cramps that chit is no joke I feel like Im in labor – I’ve been taking pamprin every hour chit is unreal -

  • CHA CHA

    Choco aka Hippie says:

    I can’t with my RCAMPS pls HELP ME

    OMG :wail: WE ARE TO FREAKIN CLOSE FOR COMFORT… I AM EXPERIENCING THE WORST CRAMPS EVER RIGHT NOW :mad: WHY ME!

  • howmanylicks_07

    @howmanylicks (luv ur handle) as long as i’ve loved & listened 2 that song, 4 some reason hearing it today SCREAMED DL Anthem

    ____________
    Thanks sweetie. I was trying to get my planking on like pic number two when i thought of it

  • http://chokolatemilk.blogspot.com Choco aka Hippie

    Cha it is sooo humbling girl all i wanna do is get in a fetal position my friend came over this am and said you don’t look like you feel good :lol: my face must’ve been cracked :lol:

  • leapyearpisces

    You gotta through those Pamprin out the window, mama….Pamprin are not for folk like you and I, that’s candy….TRUST me, get you some TylenoL Arthritis…all you need is two because they are 500mg each, occasionally I will still get really bad cramps and when that happens i will take 2 and a half, and I am good in about 20 minutes.

  • CFREE

    AFTERNOON FOLKS :waves: PLANK SUM!! :danban1:

    :blink:

  • http://chokolatemilk.blogspot.com Choco aka Hippie

    @Leap
    you may be correct about that pamprin however they have 500mg also bout to pop another one of something Imma switch to tylenol but I dont have the arthritis ones here

  • http://chokolatemilk.blogspot.com Choco aka Hippie

    :hugs: CFREEEEEE

  • CFREE

    CHA CHA says:

    Choco aka Hippie says:

    I can’t with my RCAMPS pls HELP ME

    OMG WE ARE TO FREAKIN CLOSE FOR COMFORT… I AM EXPERIENCING THE WORST CRAMPS EVER RIGHT NOW WHY ME!

    May i suggest General Dollar store brand! Do not sleep on it ladies, 500mg a pop! and $3 a bottle :yes:

  • CFREE

    HOTT CHOCCCCCCCCCCCCC!!!!!!! *WHISTLES* :boobs:

  • CHA CHA

    THANKS LEAP…I will be hightailing it to TARGET to grab BEYONCE 4 and some TYLENOL ARTHRITIS :steer: <–riding dirty

    HUBBY was trying to smang this morning I WAS ALL :karate: :cuss: :nono:

  • leapyearpisces

    @ Choco, and Cha, feel better ladies…I feel your pain, don’t know how true this is (even though this came from my dr.), she said when women have REALLY bad AWFUL AWFUL cramps, they are more likely to have a multiple pregnancy because the awful cramps come from ovulating more than one egg at a time. Even though it came from my dr. I don’t know how true it is, because I think she was trying to scare me ( I was 16 at the time), but SURE enough 10 years later, I had two little fools looking at me like :haha:

  • grlnva

    This had got to be the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard of.

  • grlnva

    **has, i meant

  • pointhimout

    i’m I working so much where dumb schit like this is getting by me too?

  • FLOATY T

    :smack: WHAT THE……..?????

  • trenee

    there were some crazy pics on twitter last night about this. i’m surprised it took this long to reach everyone.

  • DMisses

    Yea I heard that it originated from a long time ago when they “planked the slaves” and stacked them on one another smh I haven’t seen any evidence supporting this theory but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true, we all know how society tends to brush things under the rug when it comes to the injustice bestowed upon blacks. There may not be any evidence supporting it online, but I bet you can find some information on it in your local library! Either way, I am not supporting the movement. The white folk used planking as a form of therapeutic exercise, then once we got word we turned it into a game.

  • http://www.tt-time.com/ m9ser1

    my baby sister went on a twitter rant about this and said it was disheartening that people don’t remember the history of planking or choose not to associate it with this craze. she said people thought that she was being extra sensitive..

  • bogart4017

    What purpose does this ‘planking’ serve?