Here we go again! Rapper Xzibit says planking is racist. The host of Pimp My Ride, has a problem with planking. Let me get this straight, a man who uses every derogatory word ever written in his rap lyrics including the n-word, wants to speak out against planking and black history. *sighs*
Planking is THE dumbest sh*t ever. Planking was a way to transport slaves on ships during the slave trade, its not funny. Educate yourselves.
All his education I guess went into his deep rap lyrics about being a pimp and a playa. IDK
First off “planking” wasn’t a way to transport slaves. “Packing” was the way in which slaves were transported via ships. I hate when silly people say educate yourselves, because then it makes me wonder where exactly were they educated.
What books have Xzibit read on the subject? None! He’s read the same one post that has been spread across the internet that doesn’t even have a picture or illustration of slaves lying face down in a planking position. But no one has noticed that fact. Slaves were loaded onto the boat however they fit. There were two ways, loose packing and tight packing, not planking. The more cruel the ship owner the more ways the slaves were packed onto the ship. Brookes Illustration is the most famous example of how slaves were tightly packed onto slave ships, and in that illustration, the slaves are chained face up alternating head to foot. Someone found one line out of a history book that said some slaves were even packed face down using a plank collar, and started the rumor that planking came from slavery. Then all the sheep followed without bothering to pick up a book or to ask for the original source. Not to mention the person who invented the Lying Down Game, now known as “planking”, would have had to read a book on the North Atlantic Slave Trade in order to know that some slaves were placed in prone position face down with plank collars because all of the illustrations and diagrams on the internet show slaves face up or sitting down.
If you don’t like planking because you think it’s stupid, that’s fine. It can be stupid, but that’s why it’s so funny. But don’t call it racist, when you don’t even know how or where it started, or what the word plank actually means. The planks slaves were held in does not refer to the position of the slaves, but to plank of wood used. Plank means wood, and not slave or slavery…
If you don’t believe me, just go to Google Images and type in the word “planking”, and see what pops up…Planks of wood used to build ships and decks and other wooden structure. But, don’t get all your information from the internet, go to the book store or library and just read, or take a critical reading class. Certainly don’t believe anything that comes out of the mouth of someone who thinks he’s a pimp.