All of us at Breakout Gaming Convention have always and will always stand by this. We stand with protestors fighting against and enduring police brutality. The horrific murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many others must be answered for, both abroad and here at home, in Canada.
It is not enough to post that Black Lives Matter. Actions must be taken to help fight back against racism, both in the USA and here, at home in Canada. To that end, we call on our community, our amazing guests, volunteers, and attendees of Breakout Gaming Convention, and ourselves to do all we can to help.
We have donated to the Black National Bail Out and Black Lives Matter. We will continue to seek out and support Black designers as guests at Breakout. We will continue to amplify the voices of Black designers. We will use our social power to spread the message that Black Lives Matter. We will continue to strive to make Breakout an inclusive space and find new and meaningful ways to do that, to demonstrate over and over again that racism is unacceptable at Breakout, in the gaming industry, and in the world.
For industry designers and publishers:
- Donate proceeds to any of the listed places below or those you find through listening to Black voices
- Publicly offer to donate $10 per your game sold or a Black designer’s game sold
- Amplify the voices of your Black peers like Eric Lang, Misha Bushyager, Omari Akil, Mandi Hutchinson, Chris Spivey, Jonaya Kemper, Camdon Wright, Bianca Zelda, Eloy Lasanta, Whitney Delaglio, Quinn Murphy, Tanya DePass, Jerry D Grayson, Fertessa Allyse, and more.
- Donate a game to the DrivethruRPG bundle supporting Black Lives Matter
- Release messages of support with links for your followers to donate or do actions of support, and don’t let fear of losing supporters let you be silent
- Hire Black designers, freelancers, writers, layout artists, graphic artists, visual artists, cultural consultants, and editors
- Donate to any of the listed places below to help protestors in the USA and in Canada
- Spread the word of Black voices via social media rather than news sources that condemn the protests
- Follow Black game designers, as listed above, or others in the community. Amplify their voices. Buy their products. Share their products.
- Have hard conversations with friends and family saying these protests are unlawful, bad, or too violent. Fight racism at home. Every changed mind matters.
- If you’re white, educate yourself on white privilege, with books like White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo, Me and White Supremacy by Layla F Saad, and use this list.
- Don’t let people say racist things in comments or threads, demand better and do the labour of educating people
- Talk to your children about racism and help them understand their role in dismantling the system of oppression
Together, we can work to fight back against systemic racism, help amplify the voices of those on the front lines, and do our best to financially secure bond donations and relief money for families impacted by police brutality.
These resources can and should be shared widely:
Black Organizations and Anti-Racism Groups to Support in Canada
Mental Health Resources for Black Canadians
Black Lives Matter
Bail Funds to Support Right Now
Stream to Donate: How to Help With No Money or Leaving Your House
The North Star Health Collective
The Black Vision Collective of Minnesota
Reclaim the Block
Anti-Racism For Kids 101: Starting To Talk About Race
Your Kids Aren’t Too Young To Talk About Racism: A Resource Roundup