Days before closing statements in the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman, the Sanford, Fla. man accused of killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last year, social media erupted a posting trend called #Trayvoning.
The trend emerged on Facebook, days after the social media site incorporated hashtags, which allows posts of related content to be linked to one another.
White teens, some in black face, posted photos of themselves, clad in a dark-colored hoodie, posing dead on the ground with a bag of Skittles and an Arizona Ice Tea.
Photos of the slain Black teen have gone viral, infiltrating other social media sites such as Twitter and Tumblr. Both social media sites now have pages dedicated to the trend.
In the age of social media, it has become more common for these types of memes – cultural images that are passed along online–to surface. When then-University of Notre Dame football player Manti Te’o was accused of having an imaginary girlfriend back in September 2012, teens took to social media posting photos of themselves on “dates” with their imaginary girlfriend. They called it #Teoing.
But community advocates and bloggers are calling for this trend to end, many are calling it “disrespectful” or “disgusting.”
What are your thoughts on the trend?