Twitter legend Daquan goes from 0 to 100 real fast, smokes weed, and takes his girls to the trap house.
The Twitter-sphere is buzzing about Daquan, a fictional black figure notorious for disrupting the stereotypical safe white family by bringing its sons and daughters to the ’hood.
He uses his ghetto persona to entice Caucasian teenagers, mostly girls, into joining his squad and becoming “black.” There are numerous accounts online where there is a photo of white teens getting scolded by their parents because of their change in behavior after hanging out with Daquan. Some of the memes say things like, “HOW DO YOU EXPECT DAQUAN TO PAY THESE BILLS!?” “CHILL MOM, HIS MIXTAPE DROPS IN A WEEK.”
Vivian Greene, 15, from Boston Latin Academy, believes that this notion of white ignorance makes white women look bad.
“I feel like the [message is] white girls should be submissive, have Daquan’s baby,” Greene says.
According to knowyourmeme.com, Daquan was created on July 2nd when @RealRaymondJ sent a tweet with a photograph of a young white woman waving off her mother and saying: “Mom I don’t want a David, I want a Daquan.”
The site @YahBoyDaquan attracted more than 45,000 followers and, according to the International Business Times, had more than 100,000 mentions in 24 hours.
Sixteen-year-old David Buefort, who was recently in an interracial relationship, feels that the creation of Daquan points to society’s reluctance to accept mixed couples.
“I wouldn’t say it’s a big deal, so they shouldn’t make it a big deal,” says Buefort, from Jamaica Plain.
Youth worker Freddie Riley believes that both blacks and whites have been disrespected by the presence of Daquan -- with blacks falsely depicted as dangerous and whites as sheltered.
“It’s being hurtful to any type of racially different relationship,” says Riley, a former member of the Black Student Union at UMass/Amherst. “It’s ignorant.”