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If the child had died, we would be having a different conversation. It's unfortunate that an animal was put down, but the zookeeper did what had to be done to save a child's life.

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But the Internet has turned the slain Harambe into an immortalized celebrity. 

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Some are already polling how overrated the death and celebrity of Harambe has become!

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And four months later, maybe it's time to let Harambe rest in peace.

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And let's be for real: The story about Harambe has had some racial undertones since the get go! Fusion writer Charles Pulliam-Moore wrote:

"On the surface, this all seems (the memes and Harambe's popularity) innocuous enough. But there’s another side to Harambe’s popularity—one inexorably tied to racist ideas about black people, Africa, and gorillas—that plays a large, troubling role in the memes’ collective staying power.
As Vox recently pointed out, there was a brief moment early in the Harambe news cycle when a number of black people used the then-nascent meme to draw attention to the disproportionate amount of attention the public gave to a slain gorilla as compared to the attention given to the killing of black and brown people."
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It's no secret that some privileged people care about the lives of animals more than they care about the lives of Black and Brown people in America. The child who fell into Harambe's enclosure is Black, and most people blamed the parents for bad parenting rather than being glad the child didn't die at the hands of the gorilla. It's unfortunate the child fell into the enclosed space to begin with, but it happened and the necessary steps were taken to make sure the child wasn't killed.

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But since May, the memes have come pouring in; some have honored Harambe, others have made light of the incident, but most memes have been a combination of both.

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While some find it absolutely absurd, Harambe is polling to become the President of the United States. He's polling higher than Green Party candidate Jill Stein. Like wow....

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And some care about Harambe more than American politics. No... really!

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And the point remains, many are upset and hurt that an endangered animal was shot and killed!

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