A new article on TheGrio talks about the viral phenomenon that has hit the mainstream called planking.

Planking is when people either lay on an object or on top of each other with their face down, usually in a public place, and then post the photos online.

It became a craze after a 20-year-old fell off a balcony while trying to plank earlier this year.

The writer talks about the history of planking and how it harkens back to slavery.

From the Wikipedia page on “slave ship”:

Often the ships, also known as Guineamen, transported hundreds of slaves, who were chained tightly to plank beds. For example, the slave ship Henrietta Marie carried about 200 slaves on the long Middle Passage. They were confined to cargo holds with each slave chained with little room to move.

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