Being a black man is not easy. Being a black man in America is like being taken to the best restaurant in town, but then being told that you have to order off of the kid’s menu. Ok…I’ll admit that my crazy simile probably didnt help you in your everlasting quest to verbalize what its like to be a black man in America. Maybe this will help?
Yes…you are looking at that right. This is the “Life as a Blackman” boardgame. I am STILL stunned from one random night this summer where I actually went to a black person’s house who had the game, sitting right between their Taboo and Scrabble. (Note: I am the ultimate Taboo champ. Ask about me…) I couldnt believe it. So, of course, morbid curiosity took over and I had to play it…
“Life as a Blackman” has everything you’d expect. You have the choice of either going to church or falling shamelessly into the occupation of “criminal.” You also have the choice to do things such as go to college (its frowned upon), go to the military, and choose whether to spend your money on pimpin’ out your ride or other “nigga shit.” Also, similar to the Community Chest and Chance cards in Monopoly, there are random cards titled “Police” and “Racism,” whose sole purpose is to impede your progress through life. (Ya know, like in real life…but racist cops are for another post).
This game is amazing. I think I’ll buy it to explain to my white friends what its like to be a black man, because saying “to be a black man in America is like a sexy girl inviting you over for sex, only to later reveal that she used to be a man” just doesnt get the point across like fake money with slaves printed on it.
“All this Racism is killin me inside!”