Blacks & Whites – The Racist Board Game From The 70s
Blacks & Whites is the racist board game from the 70s that will teach you what privilege, housing and race actually mean and how they affect your day to day life. Back in the 70s, believe it or not, but racism was even more common than it is today and such a game might have caused quite a stir.
Psychology Today magazine created the board game called ‘Blacks & Whites’ in 1970, in order to better explain and address social issues, such as race and white privilege when it comes to living in America. The 1970’s had a thing about creating racial board games. Just check out ‘Beat the Border’, the board game where you learn how to be a Mexican drug cartel leader.
Coming back to ‘Blacks & Whites’, the game can best be explained as a real life Monopoly, where black people have a much harder time getting housing and other things that white people usually take for granted.
The game is actually pretty simple to explain. Players start out by choosing to be black or white. Black players start the game with $10,000 while white players will start off the game with $1,000,000 in their ‘bank accounts’. Quite a difference, wouldn’t you say?
The game has four housing zones. In the ‘Estate Zone’, black players can buy properties “only when they have one million dollars in assets”. This makes it virtually impossible for black players to own land in the game.
“The goal of the game is to achieve economic equality,” writes Swann Auction Galleries’ Wyatt H. Day, “yet the game is strategically designed to make a black win impossible.”