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‘A World Of Ubiquitous Racism’: New Attack On Game Of Monopoly

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Now the efforts to inject a discussion of racism into every aspect of American life have reached a game that most Americans have cherished for decades: Monopoly.

In a piece for The Atlantic titled, “The Prices on Your Monopoly Board Hold a Dark Secret,” and subheaded, “The property values of the popular game reflect a legacy of racism and inequality,” author Mary Pilon writes that a 1930s New Jersey realtor named Jesse Raiford “affixed prices to the properties on his board to reflect the actual real-estate hierarchy at the time. And in Atlantic City, as in so much of the rest of the United States, that hierarchy reflects a bitter legacy of racism and residential segregation.”

Pilon writes of Cyril and Ruth Harvey, “friends of Raiford’s who played a key role in popularizing the game,” that they lived on expensive Pennsylvania Avenue but had “previously lived on Ventnor Avenue, one of the yellow properties that represented some of Atlantic City’s wealthier neighborhoods, with their high walls and fences and racial covenants that excluded Black citizens.”

“The Harveys employed a Black maid named Clara Watson,” he notes. “She lived on Baltic Avenue in a low-income, Black neighborhood, not far from Mediterranean Avenue. On the Monopoly board, those are priced cheapest, at $60.”

After quoting Temple University history professor Bryant Simon stating, “Atlantic City, like all mass resorts, manufactured and sold an easily consumed and widely shared fantasy,” Pilon continues, “Around the time that Monopoly was taking hold in Atlantic City, ballots there were marked ‘W’ for white voters and ‘C’ for ‘colored’ voters, Simon said. It would take countless demonstrations and protests and a long struggle by the city’s Black residents to secure their civil rights, but the Monopoly board records a world of ubiquitous racism.”

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Pilon notes there were other versions of Monopoly that featured other cities, noting, “people localized the boards to reflect their own communities.”

Of the Atlantic City Monopoly board, Pilon writes, “The board didn’t just record exclusion and discrimination; it also hinted at the dynamic life of the diverse city where the game was played. The city’s thriving Black business community centered on Kentucky Avenue, often known as ‘Ky. at the curb.’ … Farther down the board, restaurants run by Chinese Americans thrived on Oriental Avenue and Jewish delis could be found in the area.”

Turning to the current era, Pilon states, “The impact of the decisions made during Monopoly’s heyday is still felt today. Atlantic City is a ‘redlined epicure’ of the state, according to the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, and it leads the state in foreclosures. The rate of white homeownership in New Jersey stands at 77 percent, but Black homeownership is scarcely half of that, at 41 percent.”

Pilon concludes, “commonplace objects tucked into our closets and handed down from one generation to another can tell us important things about our past.”

Sometimes, those objects “reflect patterns that many Americans, particularly those who have benefited from them, don’t even think to question, arrangements that have been naturalized over time.”

“Monopoly still offers us the chance to understand how deep-seated those injustices can be,” she writes. “We simply have to look closely enough at the board.”

In September 2019, The Daily Wire reported of a new version of Monopoly created to please feminists:

CNN reports that “Ms. Monopoly,” unveiled this week, will celebrate “women’s empowerment” by reconfiguring the classic Monopoly board to be more “female-friendly,” including bumping the pay of female players who make it all the way around the board’s list of properties by rewarding them with extra pay. The theory is that women make only around $.70 for every dollar men make in the real world, so Monopoly will give them an advantage.

“Unlike the classic game, women will collect 240 Monopoly bucks when they pass ‘go,’ while male players will collect the usual 200. The idea is to create a game where women make more than men, the first game to do so, according to Hasbro,” CNN reports.

It’s “a fun new take on the game that creates a world where women have an advantage often enjoyed by men,” the company said in a statement emailed to major news organizations.

h/t: The Daily Wire

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Barry Ingram
12 hours ago

The world has gone NUTS DO THIS DONT DO THIS DONT WEAR A MASK WHERE A MASK SMOKE POT TAKE AWAY GUNS WHAT THE HELL ORDER US 3 million Chinese robes an change our name to CHINA BIDEN THIS PLACE IS GOING TO THE WOLFS GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF YOU

Lester Verigan
9 hours ago

Proverbs 15:2 says “The mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.” Who are these fools? Psalm 14:1 & 53:1 both say “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.” The people who are so zeroed in on everything being racist, or any other cultural malady, are denying that God can, has, and/or will do anything about it. They are basically living as if He doesn’t exist. The proof is in their words. This attack is absolutely insane foolishness. Don’t allow the racism (slavery, etc.) of the past to dominate and dictate our future, but don’t destroy the history either. Learn from it, as the Germans have done with the holocaust, to ensure that it will never happen again, and focus on changing attitudes instead of gameboards.

Machinegunner
1 hour ago

Jeeeesus H.Christ!!!! What’s next? It is ALL white racists as far as the socialist left is concerned. They say nothing about the totally racist niggers that do a huge disadvantage to the good black people that just want to get along and raise their families in peace, and do not give a damn about slavery 150 years ago. The gang niggers who shoot white and black people for their tennis shoes and jewelry are barely mentioned much less hunted down and prosecuted, but it is only whites who are racists. Most of these stupid bastards who call ‘racism’ at every turn can’t even explain the word! And yeah I said ‘niggers’! There are niggers and there are good black people, just as there is ‘white trash’ as well as good white people. Fuck you if you can’t understand the difference!

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