About Black Blocks
Have you ever noticed how quiet people become when the topic of race comes up? Have you ever been in a situation where you've had to ask yourself, "Was that racist?"? Black Blocks is a card game that uses the power of laughter and short-storytelling to start deeper conversations about the subjects we tend to avoid most. Black Blocks shines a spotlight on the subtly racist elephant in the room, and invites you to join in on the conversation.
Taking something as broad as "racism" and narrowing it down to body parts is a good way to see how laughable racial prejudices can be. Nearly every part of the Black body has a social stigma attached to it-- from the texture of one's hair to the size of one's 'booty'. I have become fascinated with the versatility, power, and mystery behind the Black body. More specifically-- its affect on other people. The curiosity, the fear, the intrigue, the mistrust. Black Blocks is a game that acknowledges the countless racial micro-aggressions Black people in America face on a daily basis.
- Skin Color
- And more!
I know Black Blocks will change America. I believe this game is the perfect medium through which to discuss race in the U.S. It's the perfect way to open up and have deeper conversations with the people in your social and professional circles.
How To Play
Each player begins with 4 black blocks and 1 red block.
The goal is to be the first player to get rid of all of your Blocks!
The person whose name comes first in alphabetical order, pulls the first card and reads it aloud. There are different types of cards in each deck: multiple choice, true or false, scenario, etc.
"You say the 'n' word so much that your 'non-Black' friends are starting to say it too. What do you do?"
- A. Shrug it off and say nothing.
- B. Ask them to stop.
- C. Neither (explain)
Once the player chooses a, b, or c, she has 1 minute to explain to the other players why her decision is the best one. After listening to her explanation, the other players will take 2 minutes to decide whether or not they agree with her choice. If they agree, she will be able to get rid of one block (yay!); if not add she'll have to add one block to her pile (noo!).
Other cards offer simpler scenarios:
"Your coworkers LOVE all the ways you can wear your natural hair. They've had the same tired weaves since '09."
Get Rid of 1 Black Block
Black Fact Booklet:
Many of the cards include a number that corresponds to one of the "Black Facts" contained in the "Black Fact Booklet". If a card catches your attention, you can turn to the corresponding page in the booklet and learn more.
Risks and challenges
Black Blocks is a game that consists of about 300 cards, 30 wooden blocks, and 1 small booklet. Surprisingly, combining these components and putting them in a box costs more money than I imagined. After over 2 years of spending money on laminating machines, spray-paint, cardstock paper, coffee, designs, logos, wooden blocks, videos, etc, I realized I'd need much more financial help than anticipated. Making a top-quality, aesthetically-pleasing game that can be played at work, home, school and parties requires a steep investment, but it's worth it.
Printing and packaging 1,200 games will cost between $16,000-$18,000 -- about $13-15 per game wholesale. This is expensive, but I am currently looking for ways to lower the cost per unit. The cheapest printing prices are overseas, however I am hesitant to invest in foreign labor for various reasons. The other funds for this project will be split between taxes and "thank you"s to each donor.
Black Blocks is my top priority and main focus. I am dedicated to making sure the funds donated to this project will result in the best version of Black Blocks imaginable. I am forever-grateful for every dollar raised, every "share", "note" "RT", and "like" given. I'm grateful for those who are invested in making this dream become a reality.
Thank you so much for visiting my Kickstarter campaign. Please be mindful that no donation is too small (or too big :)). I would like to thank everyone for spreading the word about Black Blocks; I'm very excited to continue this journey with you all!
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