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.

Here are some charities and movement suggestions you may wish to consider supporting.

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:

Al Zamora

Allisa James

Cameron Hawkins

Iyane Agossah

Joel Taveras

Mario Rivera

Mehrdad Khayyat

Michael Ruiz

Portia Lightfoot

Yaris Gutierrez

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:

Allen Park

Carlos Ovalle

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Christian Chiok

Dana Abercrombie

David Lozada

David Rodriguez

Dianna Lora

Erika Garcia

Fabian Ortiz

Francois Chang

Isshak Ferdjani

Jivesh Hanoomaun

Jorge Jimenez

Kenneth Richardson Junior

Kevin Sanchez

Manny Vivas

Masoud House

Mostafa Hossam

Natalie Barabash

Paul LaCen

Tony Polanco

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