A new board game, Ghettopoly – whose logo is a cartoon of a
black man holding a gun and a 40 oz. bottle of malt liquor – is
gaining criticism from people who say the game is racist.
Organizations like the National Association for the Advancement
of Colored People and the National Asian Pacific American Legal
Consortium have publicly criticized the game for stereotyping
blacks as pimps, prostitutes and drug users.
Ghettopoly was created by Pennsylvania-based David Chang, who is
hoping to release his next game, Redneckopoly, this fall after the
first game sold out on his website. “Ghettopoly is controversial
because it’s both fun and real life,” Chang said in a written
“The graphics on the board depict every race in the country and
both genders. It draws on stereotypes not as a means to degrade,
but as a medium to bring together in laughter,” he added.
His other games include Thugopoly and Hoodopoly.
The game was pulled from the shelves of many stores after
protests from students at the University of California in
Now campus members of the NAACP and the Black Student Union are
calling attention to Urban Outfitters on State Street, the only
store on campus selling the game.
Erin Johnson, NAACP campus chapter president, said she was
shocked when she walked into the store last week and discovered the
games were sold out.
“They told me the games were on back order, which means people
are actually buying this game,” Johnson said. “This really is
disturbing that stores would sell stuff like this especially so
close to a diverse campus like ours.”
Both local and national managers at Urban Outfitters declined to
comment on the board game.
Kweisi Mfume, president and chief executive officer of the
NAACP, said in a written statement released last week that Chang
should turn his talents to “more positive images and
Currently members of the BSU and NAACP hope to work together to
bring further attention to the game and possibly start a student
boycott of the store.
Johnson said the game is meant to be taken lightly but is part
of the larger problem of minorities being negatively portrayed in
“I am African-American, and my life is not a game,” Johnson
said. “I’m thinking about people playing this game and then the
next day going to class, are they going to look at me and think I
grew up in a crack house?”