As you can see in the Updates section, I take feedback very seriously and will continue to change the game or its instructions to make the experience even more meaningful and useful. Thank you!
Invitation to Present the Game at the 2016 People of Color Conference (POCC)
I presented the game at POCC held in Atlanta, Georgia, December, 2106 at the invitation of Caroline G. Blackwell, NAIS | VP Equity and Justice.
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“‘Road to Racial Justice’ Board Game: Opening Up Conversations with Young People” (Guest Blog, December 8, 2016)
The “Raising Race Conscious Children” website is a great resource to help parents and teachers talk about race and diversity with children and teens.
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“Road to Racial Justice” Board Game Exhibited at White Privilege Conference
I hosted an exhibitor’s table for the game at the White Privilege Conference in Philadelphia, PA, in April, 2016.
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Facilitated Workshop on the Game at 2016 NAME Conference
For the third consecutive year, I facilitated a workshop on the “Road to Racial Justice” board game at the National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME) conference held in Cleveland, Ohio, November, 2016.
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Endorsements Continue to Arrive
Here are two of the most recent endorsements I’ve received. Please send yours!
“Creative way to explore the topic of racism, and I appreciate the realistic/practical action-based solutions presented in the game.”
— James Holly, Jr. (African American), Graduate Student, “Consequences of Race & Privilege in America” course, Purdue University, Indiana
“The game was FANTASTIC…I really think it strengthened our relationships with one another, [and] increased our level of empathy and understanding…”
— Juliette Hirt, Assistant General Counsel, Sierra Club, Oakland, California
UPDATES — Summer 2016
- “WHITE PRIVILEGE ACTIVITY”
Feedback indicated that when some white students landed on the “How Does Racism Directly Impact You?” space on the game board, they responded as if racism only affects people of color.
Before playing the game, make sure to facilitate the “White Privilege Activity” to demonstrate white privilege. This activity supports players’ understanding of how ALL races/ethnicities are impacted by racism.
Note: The activity has been moved from Helpful Tips, p. 15, Version 1.0, to Game Instructions, p. 10, Version 1.1, for easy access.
- HOW THE SITUATIONS WERE SELECTED
Feedback indicated that a few players thought the game should have focused on the more well-known forms of racism.
New, stronger wording shows how the racist situations were chosen: The game emphasizes “everyday” kinds of racism (those not normally mentioned in the media) because issues such as police brutality, the burning of mosques, etc., are more likely known by most people through their exposure to news reports and other media. We need to understand how widespread racism is in our communities in order to combat it in all the places it exists.
Note to facilitator: If players aren’t aware of this, they may think the game trivializes racism by ignoring the most egregious kinds.
- SITUATIONS ARE BASED ON ACTUAL EVENTS
Feedback from a few players indicated that some situations were hard for them to believe.
Be sure to let the players know that all of the racist incidents in the Situation cards — without exception — are based on actual events, as unbelievable or outrageous as they may seem. This is very important to emphasize in order to show how pervasive and toxic racism is in our society.
- CULTURAL APPROPRIATIONS
Reviewing the text, I realized that the sentence defining “cultural appropriations” did not say who was responsible for — and therefore could be held accountable for — the appropriating. I also realized that the topic deserved more complex writing assignments to help players better understand its toxic impact.
I changed the definition of “cultural appropriation” in Game Instructions, p. 13, to indicate that appropriations do not passively occur but instead are perpetrated, whether consciously or unconsciously, by members of the dominant group. I also expanded the writing assignment in Helpful Tips, p. 17, to help players explore such things as 1) the cumulative effects of repeated “borrowing” of the culture of a minority or oppressed group by a group with greater power, and 2) the distinctions between cultural appropriation, cultural exchange, and assimilation.
- NEW POWERPOINT
There is now a Revised PowerPoint Version 1.1 with Systemic Racism defined, and with the points made above emphasized.
- MISCELLANEOUS SUGGESTIONS FROM FACILITATORS
1. Laminate the game board along with the Situation and Bonus cards.
2. Instead of printing the sheets of Bonus cards and Situation cards on two sides, with the content on one side and either the word Situation or Bonus on the other, facilitators can print the sheets of Situation cards in one color and the sheets of Bonus cards in another color. Let players know which color is for which purpose.
- NEW: IMPORTANT AND POWERFUL BOOK
Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Click here to go to the Amazon.com page