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“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” (Martin Luther King Jr.)

As many of you know, Obama was official sworn in today a little after noon. Barack Obama made history by becoming the first African-American president of the United States of America. With Obama as president, a question is raised. Is racism gone? A two letter word pretty much sums it up…NO. While we as people may not be as racist as the people in the 60s were, we have not completely eliminated racism. Back in the 60s most of the racism was directed towards Africans because they were different. Now, in the early 21st century, our racism is directed mostly against those that come from Pakistan, India, Iraq or any of those countries in the middle-east. Why? Part of it could be because of what Saddam Hussein use to do or even Osama bin Laden taking credit for the 9/11 bombings. So yes, we’ve seen racism reduced, but we have not completely eliminated it.

Racism is an even bigger problem in eSports. Whether gamers realize it or not, when playing in an online match and things aren’t going a certain person’s way, they’ll start picking on one member of the other team and make fun of him for whatever reason whether true or not. In the gaming scene, I have only ever seen three or four African gamers. Some of these people I know, some of them I don’t. To use racial terms against them while playing however is completely inappropriate. You don’t know who the person is, you don’t know how they are like, and yet, just because people are able to hide behind a small 15-24” computer screen, people believe they can say whatever they want and get away with it. I understand people get frustrated losing or trash talking the other team because they are winning, but if you are one of those people who win or lose and use racial terms then you shouldn’t be playing.

It’s ignorant how some people believe that just because of one’s skin tone, they shouldn’t be allowed to do something. Earlier while browsing reading a thread in a forum, someone stated (and I’m not going to mention names):

“I hope we don’t get a black person for our prime-minister.”

My first thought was, this guy’s a jacka**. Yes, we live in a place where we have freedom of speech and we are on the internet where there is no form of law stating you aren’t allowed to express your opinion, but to say that you hope you will not get a black person for your prime-minister when you may not even know what this person’s personality may be like then you are an idiot. I’m ashamed that we live in a world where people think that low of other people because of their religion or skin tone.

I’m not trying to point out African gamers, but it’s the most frequent thing I see. Out of the few hundred scrims I’ve done in the last few weeks, I must’ve seen at least 4-5 players a day saying n***er. It’s not fair to those who are offended by it because there is not much they can do when the other person is thousands of miles away. They have to accept all the bad mouthing even if they don’t want to because this eSports scene we are in is almost completely dominated by Caucasians (North America and Europe) and Asians.

With African’s out there like Obama and Martin Luther King Jr. who are willing to step up, do the work and gain success, I hope it inspires other minority players to try whatever they want to try, to work hard and to succeed. I hope that in a couple of years, we will see more minority gamers at major LANs. I hope that, by following Obama’s lead, we will see more minority candidates run for President or Prime Minister of the country they are in. I hope that even though racism is probably one thing we will never see go away, that minority people will not give up hope and will not be disheartened by the comments they hear and pursue their dream. And like Martin Luther King Jr. said, I hope that one day, people will one day live where they don’t judge other people by their skin tone, but by their personalities.

“The God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.” (Barack Obama)

- Kai


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