Everyone is doing it! The new laying down game called planking has become the new internet craze. People are lying down in an awkward position with their arms to their sides in various places just to take pictures and put them on the internet. All the celebrities are doing this game. Although this game brings on lots of laughs, there is negative connotations behind planking. For one, there are people who are being seriously injured from this game, even resulting into death. A 20 year old boy, fell off of a balcony while planking drunk earlier this year.
For two, planking has roots that date back to American slavery. The slaves were placed on boats that transported them from Africa to America and the slaves were made to lie in a planking position and it was called planking the slaves. So although everyone is doing it and it seems likes the fun thing to do, is it worth killing yourself or mocking a historical period so dark?