Ahh, the typical, “I’m the only black person in a room full of people with preconceived misconceptions of my race” situation. It’s hard being a black man in America. It’s even harder being a black man in a predominately white environment. Contrary to popular belief, many black men grow up with a love for video games and gaming culture. For all the 90’s kids from NYC reading this, I’m sure you can remember the days when you would take your friends or relatives to the arcade for a Marvel vs Capcom or Street Fighter gaming session. Maybe some of you had a passion for gaming that could have extended to game development/programming.
With game development and STEM fields in general, there’s a severe lack of minority representation. However, if you take into account the experiences that Malik Forte mentioned above, is it really surprising? Should an African American man or woman enter an industry where they know they’re at a disadvantage from the jump? A industry where they are stereotyped, overlooked, and disrespected without saying a single word?
Please watch the video above and leave your thoughts in the comment section below.