Racial Slurs Banned in Official Scrabble Tournaments
If you're a competitive Scrabble player and find the need to use racial and other slurs during your games, you're now out of luck.
The New York Times reports the North American Scrabble Players Association (NASPA) want the organization to ban the use of the 'n-word,' as well as 225 other offensive terms, from league play.
And yes, evidently there are people who used the n-word in official games, according to NASPA member Josephine Flowers, who's Black. "You could be sitting there for a 45-minute game just looking at that word," she tells the Times. "And if you don't know the person who played it, then you wonder, was it put down as a slight, or was it the first word that came to their mind?"
Scrabble owner Hasbro said not only that word, but "all slurs," will be removed from tournament play.
While Hasbro's official Scrabble dictionary hasn't included many of these offensive words since 1994, The New York Times notes the NASPA still permitted them. Hasbro says they want to provide a Scrabble "experience that is inclusive and enjoyable for all."
John Chew, the chief executive of the NASPA, tells The New York Times that banning the hundreds of offensive words is "the right thing to do," and that the decision will be put to a vote, which is expected to pass.
He adds, "When people are dying in the streets over racial tensions and this word still has so much power, you have to tell yourself this is just a game we are playing and we have to do what we can to make things right, just in our little corner of the world."