Kweisi Mfume, President and CEO, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), has called for an end to the production and sale of a racist board game that promotes discrimination and hate crimes.
In a letter to David P. Chang, producer of the game named Ghettopoly, Mfume said:
"It is disturbing that you would choose to promote and capitalize off such negative aspects of society that cause great harm to individuals and to the African-American community at-large. The NAACP has worked for over 94 years to promote social and racial equality. We will not sit by quietly and allow this type of insult to occur."
The game perpetuates stereotypes such as pimps, prostitutes and drug users and uses negative caricatures of African Americans. Based on the popular game, Monopoly, the object of Ghettopoly is to put crack houses or project buildings in black neighborhoods while trying to avoid being shot or robbed.
Mfume said Chang should turn his talents to "more positive images and activities." If this is not done, Mfume said, "rest assured that we will initiate all available options nationwide to economically and legally bring about the change we desire."
The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law, the Organization of Chinese Americans and the National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium joined the NAACP in condemning the game.
The NAACP is also urging retailers to stop carrying this product. "Consumers should not shop where racist materials such as Ghettopoly are sold," said Mfume.
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