Harambe was a 17-year-old silverback gorilla, shot by a zoo official after a four-year-old boy fell into his enclosure. He quickly took on a second life as a meme. As the New York Times pointed out earlier this week, those memes have often had racist implications. Other times they're more whimsical, like this one from the high schoolers in Michigan, in which they each spelled out a syllable of his name on their shirts.
I see Cincinnati Zoo has gone and tweeted again pic.twitter.com/Buv1EXmSPT— Alan White (@aljwhite) August 21, 2016
Hopefully, the meme will be over by the time that four-year-old boy gets on social media.