In the wake of news outlets airing the photo of Trayvon Martin’s dead body during George Zimmerman’s trial, disturbingly, teenagers are once again taking it upon themselves to re-enact that frightening image.
According to the Daily Mail, the social media trend, known as “Trayvoning,” consists of people (mainly white teens) “lying motionless on the ground with Skittles and an iced tea, often while wearing a hoodie.” And while this behavior, similar to planking, surfaced soon after the teen’s death last year, the practice is no less disturbing than it was when it first started.
Trayvoning is the result of MSNBC and HLN mistakenly showing the picture during live coverage of George Zimmerman’s murder trial shortly before it was sent to the jury.
As with everything else, social media quickly put its own spin on news networks airing Martin’s body during trial coverage.
‘I don’t think it’s very appropriate to do,’ one woman told Fox 40.
‘It hurts me, and it’s not my son,’ James Shelby, president of the Greater Sacramento Urban League, told the station, adding ‘We need more conversations in homes about how we can all get along better. In turn, our kids are educated in things we shouldn’t do.’
Indeed, many news outlets have expressed outrage at the practice. We’d like to know — what do you think?