People & Colour is a board game not solely to be played for entertainment but can also be used as a method of instructing on racial inequality. This is shown through the player’s progression up the board as it parallels a journey through life, one that is trivialized by racial privilege (upward arrows) and racial inequality (downward arrows). This game hopes to educate, advocate, and celebrate diversity to create an inclusive society. It has been designed to provide players with an opportunity to understand the intricacies of privilege whilst exploring the ways that we, being members of racial identity groups, enjoy privileges. Please note that this exercise is not meant to make anyone feel guilty or ashamed of their privilege or lack of privilege related to any racial identity categories. Rather, seeks to highlight the fact that everyone has some privilege, regardless of those who may have more privilege than others. By acknowledging our racial privileges as individuals, we can recognize positive ways in which we can use them collectively, to work towards achieving social justice. Again, this game is not to call out anyone with a greater or lesser privilege, however, it is to create a unique experience in which we can clearly identify the obstacles and benefits that are experienced in our lives.
This project was inspired by The Privilege Walk. An activity that was developed by Rebecca Layne and Ryan Chiu for Dr. Arthur Romano’s Conflict Resolution Pedagogy class at George Mason’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution.