Taking a cue from the Waypoint Radio thread, I’m gonna go ahead and start this topic. I don’t even know what to say, really. I guess all of this has been weighing heavily on my mind and since this is the only place I regularly post, why not work through it here?
Just as a background, I’m a person of color, a Canadian living in Canada, but who grew up in the Chicagoland area not far from where Patrick is from. I’ve seen the good and the bad of Americans over the years, and for the most part had a positive perception of them. One of my closest friends and the best man at my wedding is a gun toting American.
Let’s just say that 2016-2017 has been a difficult time for me to reconcile the good I’ve seen in the American people with the ugliness on display. I need not recount the awful things said and done that keeps us all scared whenever we check the news, but this past weekend in Charlottesville felt different. No longer could there be plausible deniability between the white nationalist and white supremacist schools of thought. No longer could there be any doubt that the White House is sympathetic to the torch bearers’ cause. And no longer can we assume that mere rational debate and civility can overcome their violent words and actions.
I’m scared. I’m scared for my sister in Toledo. I’m scared for my uncles, aunts, and cousins all around the US. I’m scared that the world got a little less welcoming to people who look like me.
I’ve been on the fence about starting this topic, seeing as I live in a country that is for the most part welcoming to people of color (although Canada certainly has its own sins to atone for). I’m privileged in that way, but Charlottesville still hit me hard.
So how is everyone else feeling about all this? Video games feel a bit smaller to me right now, but maybe picking up a controller might help. If anything, there’s always Wolfenstein: The New Order for catharsis.