Can we try to keep our internet memes to fun things likecats
andbastardizations of Disney characters
? Because the sad, avoidable homicide of an unarmed Miami Gardens teenager should really not be grounds for memedom.
And yet, apparently a new Tebowing-like craze called "Trayvoning" has emerged on the internet.
According to the Grio, a since deleted Facebook page described Trayvoning as such:
Trayvoning is when you
1. get hoodie
2. get skittles
3. get arizona
4. wear hoodie
5. go to florida
6. get shot :) Trayvon Martin was a 17-year-old African American male who was unarmed and got shot by a raciest [sic] mexican american.
No, sorry. Not funny, guys. What's next? Caylee Anthonying? Nicole Browning? Holocausting?
And guess what race the majority of kids who have partaken in the trend belong to?
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Hurr durr, says the Internet, it's just a joke! Mocking this dead kid is funny, and totally removed from its racial context! Wait, no it's not. Because when provoked, the Facebook group members started spewing their own justifications: They're combating "racism against whites." "White people are becoming more and more oppressed."
As a non-Hispanic, white person who lives in a city where the non-Hispanic white population is under 12 percent, I can tell you that no, white people are not becoming more and more oppressed, and no, "racism against whites" -- as in the societal oppression of white people -- does not exist on any large scale. Actually as a person with half a brain and a bit of common sense I could tell you that.
And in any sense, parodying the death of anyone, let alone an unarmed teen, is not a good way to make any point whatsoever. Unless the point you're trying to make is that you're a dick.