I made a quick infographic to summarize the discussion around games criticism
I made a quick infographic to summarize the discussion around games criticism
New details emerge about callous tactics that fueled anger in Ferguson.
Police brutality in Ferguson wasn’t just limited to tear gas and sniper rifles.
As darkness fell on Canfield Drive on August 9, a makeshift memorial sprang up in the middle of the street where Michael Brown’s body had been sprawled in plain view for more than four hours. Flowers and candles were scattered over the bloodstains on the pavement. Someone had affixed a stuffed animal to a streetlight pole a few yards away. Neighborhood residents and others were gathering, many of them upset and angry.
Soon, police vehicles reappeared, including from the St. Louis County Police Department, which had taken control of the investigation. Several officers emerged with dogs. What happened next, according to several sources, was emblematic of what has inflamed the city of Ferguson, Missouri, ever since the unarmed 18-year-old was gunned down: An officer on the street let the dog he was controlling urinate on the memorial site.
Police also drove their vehicles over the memorial site. The constant, calculated dehumanization and terrorization of the black community—by the people theoretically sworn to protect them—in Ferguson is clear. That the protests did not escalate due to protestor action is simply incredible: superhuman self-control, unity, dignity, and good sense on the part of the black community.
We can’t let people in Ferguson and communities like it suffer any longer at the hands of state-sponsored abusers. The people deserve better, they deserve to be treated like human beings. Their basic rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are being denied—the world is failing them.
Eleanor Bumpurs was one of the first victims of Police Brutality I can remember. My family was living in the Bronx at the time near her housing projects. Her killing was the talk of the neighborhood for years. In 1984, NYPD tried to evict her because she was four months behind on her rent of $98.65, she resisted, and was summarily shot twice with a 12 gauge shotgun.
Ms. Bumpurs was failed by the city in every way imaginable. She was failed by a social services system that could have granted her rental assistance but did not. She was failed by the mental health community which should have treated her mental illness properly but did not. And she was failed by a police force that was well aware of her conditions, knew she was a senior citizen and chose to barge into her apartment with a shotgun and riot shields.
No one was convicted of killing Ms. Bumpurs. A few people lost jobs but by the time Rudolph Giuliani took office as mayor her death was a distant memory.
I’ve been thinking about Ms. Bumpurs a great deal the last few days.
I wonder what her family thinks about the events of the day. I wonder what they would say about the killing of young black men and women like Trayvon Martin, Renisha McBride, Ramarley Graham, Sean Bell, Mike Brown, Eric Garner and so many others. I cannot say for sure, but if I had a guess, it would be that not much has changed since the murder of Ms. Bumpurs…not much at all.
RIP Ms. Eleanor Bumpers
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Surveillance video shows an Ohio man talking on a cell phone, leaning on a toy gun, and facing away from officers moments before police shot and killed him in a Walmart store, according to an attorney for the man’s family.
Execution. Death penalty for being black in public. If this is true, and I would put money on it being true because otherwise the video would have been everywhere to cover cops’ asses, the police just gunned this man down for being black in public. White people walk through Walmart with real weapons all the fucking time.
Ohio is an open-carry state. Read that again. John Crawford had the legal right to be carrying a real, loaded gun in public when he was killed for having a toy gun in his hand.
― Lundy Bancroft
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People are losing their fire and forgetting about Ferguson. That’s exactly what the police want, though: for all of this to just go away and for people to forget about it.
Don’t let that happen.
Native Americans represent just one per cent of the US population and some languages have only one speaker left. Now a new generation is fighting to preserve the culture.
Please read the anguished reaction of nerds to Tim Schafer posting a Feminist Frequency video.
Ferguson wants blackness to be understood as complex, worthy, powerful, imaginative and gifted.
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Anonymous said: I remember the days when games were about worlds you could explore and about being good, and not about who's got representation and gender this and sexuality that. I miss those days.
Those days miss you, too. I recently found a yellowed letter under one of the floorboards, and it was addressed to you and signed by those days with a tear-stained kiss of lipstick.
Meanwhile, in the present, those of us who work in the industry and who are—amazingly—able to consider more than one idea at the same time, will continue to create good games about worlds you can explore AND occasionally talk about inclusivity.
If you are feeling compassion fatigue, I think it might be okay to sit out those discussions, at least until you get your strength back. While it will be tough not having you available for close consultation, somehow we will soldier on.