DualShockers Is Going Dark in Support of #BlackLivesMatter
We stand in solidarity.
Like the headline says, DualShockers is going dark on our coverage today in support of #BlackLivesMatter and #BlackoutTuesday.
This will catch some of our readers by surprise — we rarely outright discuss politics, and normally would prefer to stick about our collective passion: gaming. However, this feels like the rare occasion that we need to rise to the occasion, demonstrate solidarity with our team, and not shift focus from what is happening all across America. While nothing is ever ‘enough,’ it is our own commitment to respecting human dignity.
While many readers know we are one of the few remaining independent gaming publications (which lets us take bold, riskier stances), it’s much less advertised that DualShockers is (and always has been) minority-owned and operated.
DualShockers was grown from the hard work of NYC-based Al Zamora, Joel Taveras, and Yaris Gutierrez, making us one of the few 100% minority-owned publications in the gaming space. Additionally, DualShockers‘ editorial management team is comprised of 66% POC. These are numbers we are silently proud of, and a fact we want to highlight today to note that this is an issue that is personal to us: as a publication, as a team, and as content creators.
Tomorrow we will be back to our regularly scheduled broadcasting. Today, let’s appreciate and highlight the voices among us who have an experience to share.
Over the past week, we’ve seen some truly devastating scenes unfold on American soil.
On May 25, George Floyd of Minneapolis, Minnesota was killed by local police officers after one cop, Derek Chauvin, forcefully applied pressure to Floyd’s neck with his knee. Floyd continually stated he couldn’t breathe, pleaded for his mother, and begged for Chauvin to stop. Instead, Chauvin continued to apply pressure to Floyd’s neck, and the other officers present, Thomas Lane, J.A. Kueng, and Tou Thoa, allowed it to continue for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. Chauvin was arrested on May 29, four days after the murder. He was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, with additional findings that there were 18 previous complaints against him. A new independent post-mortem examination found that Floyd died from asphyxiation due to the sustained pressure.
8 minutes. 46 seconds.
Throughout America, people have been protesting to end police brutality, to end racism, to make Black voices heard, to fight for their basic human rights, and for Black people to be treated with respect. The past week has seen thousands, if not millions, of citizens taking to the streets around the country to fight for what is right.
Here at DualShockers, we’ve been following and watching these events unfold. We’ve been talking about what we can do. We’ve donated to charities and movements. We support the battle against racism, against bigotry, and hate.
As a result of our internal conversations, we don’t want to just post a statement announcing that we support the voices of Black people and POC, we also want to do more and show our support for our diverse staff, past and present. Throughout today on social media and in the remainder of this post, we will be highlighting the amazing work of the Black and POC writers who have contributed to DualShockers over the years. We encourage you to not only give their pieces a read, but also to venture off to other outlets and read the work of other writers from diverse backgrounds and communities.
As mentioned, we will also be taking part in #BlackoutTuesday here at DualShockers, which is a movement that is meant to amplify these voices throughout the day. Rather than expecting our usual array of news articles, op-eds, and reviews hitting the site today, this is the only piece you’ll be seeing from us. This feels like a small gesture on our part, but hopefully, it helps place more prominent voices at center stage over the course of today.
Additionally, we also have some resources and a select few gaming-focused forms of media to share. Bear in mind that there are many more scattered around social media and websites.
- Black Lives Matter has a resources page that you can visit that will take you to numerous PDFs, for example, the Healing Justice Toolkit was created to “collate, condense, and share the lessons we have learned in ensuring that our direct actions are centered on healing justice.”
- Jesse Sparks published a blog post titled, “7 Virtual Mental Health Resources Supporting Black People Right Now” In a time where there’s a lot of tension and activity, this could prove useful for those who may need some support.
- This document titled, “Anti-Racism Resources” is a list of various types of media that act as a “resource to white people and parents to deepen our anti-racism work”. It’s extensive, but very detailed and worth reading.
- The Spawn On Me Podcast looks to spotlight people of color in the gaming industry and is hosted by Kahlief Adams.
- Gamertag Radio is a podcast about video games hosted by Parris Lilly, Danny Peña, and Peter Toledo.
- Spotify also released a Black Lives Matter playlist featuring songs about empowerment and pride featuring a lot of Black and POC artists.
- Game Devs of Color Expo has tweeted for Black game developers who may need support.
- Black Game Developers is a website that showcases Black game developers across the world.
Here are some charities and movement suggestions you may wish to consider supporting.
- Black Visions Collective
- Reclaim The Block
- North Star Health Collective
- Louisville Bail Fund
- Minnesota Freedom Fund
- George Floyd Memorial Fund
- Community Bail Fund
- American Civil Liberties Union
- Black Lives Matter
Over the years, we’ve had a range of staff write for DualShockers: here are some of the current staff who do fantastic work for us each and every day. Below, you’ll find their names with a link to their archive, and we encourage you to read their perspectives and what they have brought to us, along with individual selections of their favorite work:
- Crusader Kings III Is a Worthy Heir to the Franchise’s Dynasty
- Final Fantasy XI Interview – Director and Producer Reveal Experiences and Hopes, Special Message to Western Fans
- Persona 5 Royal Review — This Palace’s Treasure Gleams Even Brighter
- Clementine from Telltale’s The Walking Dead Helped Prepare Me to Be a Parent
- Borderlands 3 Review — Siren Song
- WWE’s Becky Lynch Discusses Women’s Revolution and Being The Man
- The Next WWE 2K Game Should Focus on the Women of Wrestling
And here’s a list of the previous writers who have since moved on to other things, furthering their careers on whatever path they chose both inside and outside of the games industry. They helped bring a voice to DualShockers throughout the site’s early years and onward: