Friday, July 15, 2011

Friday Fun: Planking RAPPers?

While I was digging through RAPP photos looking for ones of the old WorldFest Parade, I stumbled upon the below gem.

Back when these RAPP XV members were hanging out outside of Hodie in Grailville, we probably would've said "Oh, how neat - they're balancing gymnastically."

RAPP XV members on retreat at Grailville, kicking off a new craze (that didn't catch on for 11 years or so)
Now, though, some might say they're planking.


One of the best parts of being a part of RAPP is people providing thoughtful, dialogue-provoking feedback.

Right after posting this, a friend directed me to a much less covered conversation happening about race and this current trend.  Here's an post she linked me from The Grio called "Is 'planking' harmless fun or fundamentally offensive?"

A quick Google search also brought up a Louisville WHAS11 news broadcast with musician/activist D Maul's commentary on the fad.  Also high in the search results was speaker Ressurection Graves' recent blog post on the topic.

I think this is a great topic for discussion and thank the friend for the tip that deepens the discussion and challenges us to consider historical context in discussing current pop culture trends.


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