So somebody adapted the classic "Monopoly" board game to a ghetto setting in "Ghettopoly
," prompting calls from black clergy to remove
the game from circulation on the usual "racist" grounds.
Why is anyone surprised? Turn on MTV2 at any given moment and see one hip-hop artist or another perpetuating and even celebrating "ghetto" themes, preaching material possession and exploitation. This is aside from the undeniable truth of the underclass communities throughout America, many of which were in fact created, to a large extent, by welfare and public housing projects. Are these protesting preachers the same ones who keep race-hustlers in business and Democrats in power, who call for more social spending but not for empowerment of individuals and communities?
David Chang has created "Ghettopoly" as the first in a series of such games, one of which promises to give the same treatment to redneck stereotypes. He's one man trying to make a living from his creativity and hard work. To have this man's product banned would be censorship for the benefit of some but a bad business precedent for all.