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December 21, 2020

The WOKEST Board Game Ever!

TheQuartering [12/21/2020]

I’m not really sure what to say about this “game.” I mean, sure, make it and all, but yikes!

According to the Kickstarter Page:

Blacks & Whites: 50th Anniversary Edition is a modern take on a classic tabletop game about racial inequity in real estate and American society. Welcome to our Kickstarter!

 What’s Blacks & Whites? 

Fifty years ago, Professor Robert Sommer of the University of California at Davis created a socially-conscious version of Monopoly called Blacks & Whites.  It was originally developed for educational use, highlighting racial inequity in real estate and American society through gameplay and humor.

While players in a game like Monopoly begin with the same amount of money and have equal access to opportunities throughout the game, real life is never that simplistic or fair.

So in Blacks & Whites: after choosing your racial identity – Black or White – Black players start off with $10,000, and White players start off with $1,000,000.  It’s messed up, but that’s exactly the point.

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