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Some have said that planking, the internet phenomenon, shares connotations with the slave trade, in which millions of Africans were forced to lie in a flat, stiff arrangement on the planks of a ship's lower decks.
Placed two-by-two, men and women were forced beneath the ship deck of slave ships. The more slaves a boat could hold, the greater a profit the captain would make.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slave_ship

Slave ships were large cargo ships specially converted for the purpose of transporting slaves. ... Often the ships, also known as Guineamen, transported hundreds of slaves, who were chained tightly to plank beds. For example, the slave ship ...

www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/blogpost/post/is-planking-connected-to-the-slave-trade/2011/07/08/gIQAz1aj3H_blog.html

Jul 8, 2011 ... This post has been updated with quotes from Sam Weckert. “Is planking racist?” This is the question poised about the popular fad after rapper ...

www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2012763/Its-insult-African-Americans-Planking-accused-racist.html

Jul 8, 2011 ... 'Although "planking" wasn't the official terminology used by slave masters it is still seen as an insult to some African Americans,' she added.

thyblackman.com/2011/07/06/dr-boyce-watkins-planking-slavery-and-black-people-what-should-we-think

Jul 6, 2011 ... (ThyBlackMan.com) I found myself in what some would call “an SMH moment” ( Shaking My Head) when my daughter exposed me to the ...

knowyourmeme.com/memes/planking

May 25, 2011 ... “To plank” was not necessarily a verb used by slave ship merchants and captains , Rediker said in an e-mail. But the planks “of the lower deck ...

www.ask.com/youtube?q=Planking+and+Slavery&v=RN55Ha6C0x8
Jul 5, 2011 ... The silly game of Planking DID NOT start as a way to make fun of slaves! It started in Australia called "The Lying Down Game". Take a funny pic ...

www.courtneyluv.com/planking-is-related-to-slavery

Jun 28, 2011 ... Of course I did a little research and it revealed that slaves were chained and attached to “plank” beds. They were forced to lay face down with ...

thegrio.com/2011/06/29/is-planking-harmless-fun-or-fundamentally-offensive

Jun 29, 2011 ... There were multitudes of mentions and even people who said the word “planking ” was derived from a slavery era term. It allegedly described ...

straightfromthea.com/2011/06/29/planking-and-slavery-photos

Jun 29, 2011 ... Many on twitter have said that the term “Planking” or “Plankin” derives from slavery, where slaves were transported on wooden planks while ...