This week we did work refining our topic for our game. Earlier we had unanimous agreement to do a game about racism. But what about racism?
We spent the last few weeks prototyping games, just to learn how to prototype. The students made a game about a slave trying to escape to freedom in the north. Another group of students made a scavenger hunt about civil rights leaders.
This week we discussed the differences between institutional racism and racial prejudice, and then looked at institutional racism in a variety of settings. After we voted on what institution to focus on we found we had an even split between the health care industry and education.
To learn about the former, we listen to recent NPR radio interview with Harriet A. Washington, who published Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation On Black Americans From Colonial Times To The Present. We heard about horrific events from the times of slavery through to prisons today.
To learn about the later, we learned about something referred to as the school-to-prison pipeline, in which many youth of color are set up not to graduate but to enter the juvenile justice system.