Gaming has always been a joy of mine; I started playing games when I was a little girl and fell in love with the gaming world. I would play on the computer, the Playstation, the Nintendo 64, the Gamecube, the Gameboy, etc. However, I had no idea that when I started playing online games, I would see so much sexism, misogyny, and racism towards myself and others that I would be reluctant to play the games I loved. I was made to feel like a lesser person at many points.
Issue of the Week
Ask most Canadians if racism is present in their country and you will get a swift denial of this type of social injustice. Canadians tend to see themselves as a tolerant people who desire equality and opportunity for all. Canada has two official languages, English and French. The country also encourages immigration and plans to welcome a quarter million new immigrants from all over the world in 2013.
As a black woman, I face stereotypes that are associated with the color of my skin and my gender, but I also have my share of privileges. I am able-bodied and can take care of myself without assistance from any outside sources, I have had the privilege to have traveled to three different continents, and I have also been able to further my education by attending graduate school. Despite the few privileges that I have mentioned, there are still forms of oppression that I continue to deal with today.