Slang term for the current period of American history categorized by the george floyd protests

The Cool Zone

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The Cool Zone is a slang term used in Leftist Twitter circles for the period of social unrest in American history defined by the coronavirus pandemic and the 2020 George Floyd Protests. The term comes from a satirical tweet by Twitter user @SeanRMoorhead, who wrote in April, "If unemployment exceeds 30% and distrust of the political process becomes widespread, there is a danger that the United States will enter what historians call The Cool Zone."

Origin

On April 8th, 2020, Twitter user @SeanRMoorhead[1] tweeted, "If unemployment exceeds 30% and distrust of the political process becomes widespread, there is a danger that the United States will enter what historians call The Cool Zone," gaining over 6,700 retweets and 31,000 likes (shown below).



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The tweet grew in relevancy over the following two months, as America faced heightened tensions due to high unemployment levels and the coronavirus pandemic. On May 8th, 2020 WIll Menaker[2] of Chapo Trap House quote-tweeted it, saying "Been thinking a lot about this tweet lately," gaining over 90 retweets and 2,000 likes (shown below, left). On May 28th, Twitter user @brompts[3] wrote, "Can't really emphasize enough that if the cops that murdered George Floyd aren't charged, along with all the other bullshit going on, we're going to rapidly descend into the Cool Zone."


LIKE BANANA t No BOR Earth's First Evening Jimi Hendrix-less and P----- @brompts Can't really emphasize enough that if the cops that murdered George Floyd aren't charged, along with all the other b------- going on, we're going to rapidly descend into the Cool Zone 7:03 PM · May 28, 2020 · Twitter Web App

Use of the phrase on Twitter surged during the George Floyd Protests, with people using the phrase tweeting as though "The Cool Zone" had arrived. On May 29th, Twitter user @lib_crusher[4] responded to news that a Target had been looted by writing, "We've officially entered The Cool Zone," gaining over 190 retweets and 2,400 likes (shown below, left). User @gloomfather[5] joked, "Unnerving silence on the phone after I call my dad a 'Karen' for not recognizing that the Minneapolis protests mark the beginning of a historical 'cool zone.'"


wife radicalized by STEM @gloomfather Unnerving silence on the phone after I call my dad a "Karen" for not recognizing that the Minneapolis protests mark the beginning of a historical "cool zone" 12:25 PM · May 29, 2020 · Twitter Web App

On May 30th, Urban Dictionary user Baldemoto posted a definition for "The Cool Zone,"[6] defining it as, "In leftist spaces, a time period marked by a massive political, social, and economic emancipation as a result of a crisis arising from the failures of capitalism. i.e. , a revolution." They also added, "Popular examples of The Cool Zone include the August Revolution, the Cuban Revolution, the October Revolution, the February Revolution, the Spanish Revolution of 1936, the Zapatista uprising, among others." On June 3rd, Vice[7] published an article about "The Cool Zone" as it relates to the current period in American history.

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$crim Horton's @weedhitler [overwatch announcer voice] now entering... the cool zone... 12:12 AM · May 29, 2020 · Twitter for iPhone 1312/40% @SAMOYEDCORE the degree of cool in the cool zone tonight will, inshallah, make last night look like a square zone 9:12 PM · May 29, 2020 · Twitter Web Client russ le roq @jacob_posts an unprecedented global pandemic. major american metropolitan areas in what can only be described as a state of revolt. you are entering a realm of imagination you've just crossed into.. the cool zone PROTEST IF UR ABLE @Spiffl 2020 eras so far: 1/1-1/2: "Clear Eyes Full Hearts Can't Lose" 1/3-1/31: "Uh Oh" 2/1-3/2: "Another World is Possible" 3/3-3/16: "Weeks Where Decades Happen" 3/18-5/25: "Fully Jokerfied" 5/26-now: "The Cool Zone" 1:24 AM · Jun 1, 2020 · Twitter for iPhone Fivogyh M @Fivogyh THE COOL ZONE Samantha-Jo Roth @SamanthaJoRoth · May 31 The nation's capital is legitimately on fire in every direction. This is unreal.

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External References

[1] Twitter – @SeanRMoorhead

[2] Twitter – WillMenaker

[3] Twitter – @brompts

[4] Twitter – @lib_crusher

[5] Twitter – @gloomfather

[6] Urban Dictionary – The Cool Zone

[7] Vice – We're All Living In The Cool Zone Now

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