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Let’s talk about the protests that are going on right now, and the incontrovertible fact that Black Lives Matter. We do not want to circumvent the situation by thinking that “this isn’t about us,” or that this is a show only for, “video game news, commentary, and funny stuff,” and staying silent.

Pervasive systemic injustice, especially rooted in racism and infrastructural power dynamics, isn’t going to just go away: it’s a problem we must solve together. We stand with those calling for justice for victims like George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and their families, and we stand with those making it undeniably clear that things need to change.

We’re taking our Monday “What’s Good Games Live” show off this week and instead encourage you to listen to this discussion led by our friend Kahlief Adams, founder of Spawn on Me. (subscribe to their show, and support them on Patreon)

What’s Good Games has always been a community of support and kindness, and members of our community are in pain. To our black friends, fans, and family: we’re here however we can be. If you want to reach out to us, you can email us here and we’re happy to listen. 

In our nerdy corner of the internet, we encourage you to go out of your normal sphere of influence to listen to, watch, and support black creators. Please remember that it is not their job to educate you, give you a list of things to do to make it better, or explain this pain to you.

If your reaction to any part of this is to get defensive or upset — or that we should “just stick to video games” — we encourage you to take a beat to process and figure out where those feelings are coming from. We ask that you be respectful and, instead of reacting, focus on listening. 

Looking for ways to help? Donate, march, educate yourself, and VOTE. The system cannot reform itself, so we need to make the world inhospitable to racism. 

Andrea, Britt, Riana, and Steimer

What’s Good Games