I thought it was a joke.
I thought it was a satire by Aaron McGruder for The Boondocks .
But no, it’s real! Very real.
It’s the Life as a Blackman [sic] Game.
I don’t really know whether to laugh or cry.
The more I read the website for the game, the more I want to bang my head.
The game postiulates that almost nothing in life is in the control of a black person. For example, if you are in Black University, you pull up a card that says “Creative, Athletic Only: You are expelled from school because of bad grades. Go to Ghetto.” , you are sent packing to the slums. (Before I go further, there are three character types you can be in the game – which are determined by the roll of the dice: Intellectual, Creative, and Athletic. In the preceding example, if an “intellectual” pulls this card up, he can ignore it, however if you’re “athletic” or “creative,” tough!) Implicit in this game is the assumption that at University, grades aren’t determined by how hard you study, but by the capricous whim of fate.
There are racism cards, crime cards (I wonder if you are compelled to commit these crimes if you are of a certain personality type, like in the above college example).
Man, I’m still can’t come through with the right words to express myself. Should I mock this, get angry, or cry?
One of the game rules (check the FAQ) – All paychecks, transportation, and punishments are given out by the government.
You see, that’s a sterotype, or a set-up to a punchline. I don’t know where to take this. This is too absurd to be serious, yet the creator is as serious as a heart-attack. He wants this game to be used in schools.
I give up now. I’ll let someone else make a pit rant about this.