Daquan

or Dequan

What does Daquan mean?

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Daquan is a stock name which stands in for a fictional person in a meme from 2014. It’s supposed to function as an average name like John Doe or John Smith to represent black men. This name often appears with stock photos of white people who reference Daquan, who is generally a bad influence.

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Examples of Daquan

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Examples of Daquan
‘Young lady, look at me! Stop going to the trap with DeQuan!’ / ‘STFU John, DeQuan is daddy now!’ [Daquan image]
@CallMeTaz, July 8, 2014
@daquan_memes, July 2014
‘WHY DO YOU SMELL LIKE WEED?!’ ‘SHUT UP MOM, DEQUAN SAID KUSH WAS HIS FAVORITE FRAGRANCE’ [Daquan image]
@BlazedIN, July 8, 2014

Where does Daquan come from?

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The Daquan memes started on Twitter with @RealRaymondJ on July 2, 2014. This first tweet had an image of a white teenager and mother, with the daughter looking away and lifting her hand in dismissal. The caption for the image reads “MOM I DON’T WANT A DAVID, I WANT A DAQUAN.” Following the initial tweet’s subsequent popularity, Daquan memes began appearing virally across the internet.

Who uses Daquan?

The premise of the meme revolves around nameless white teenagers having conversations with their parents about the wayward influence of Daquan, a fictional young black acquaintance.

Typically depicting white teens or their parents talking about Daquan‘s “negative” influence, the meme often references racist black sterotypes: drug use, teenage pregnancy, and being broke. In doing this, the Daquan meme pokes fun at racial tensions, highlighting some of the absurd fears and stereotypes white Americans have of black people, especially black men.

Another version of the meme is based on before and after images. This involves a side by side comparison of a woman before and after Daquan. The before picture is usually “innocent,” while the after picture has either a strong sexual undercurrent or a new, less “put together” style.

At the same time, the meme can also feed racial tensions by reinforcing racist stereotypes under the guise of humor. Because of this, some Daquan memes can be interpreted as controversial and offensive.

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