Depictions of racism in Magic The Gathering

https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/depictions-racism-magic-2020-06-10?fbclid=IwAR3rbJOkIU2D0lT1AbEHxk3u8Fk7_AlE_pqJ518_MbwMMLWhnlwQdHj9bU8


From Wizards of the Coast:


Today, we will be changing the multiverse ID and removing the Gatherer card image for the card Invoke Prejudice, originally printed in 1994. The card is racist and made even worse by the multiverse ID it was unfortunately codified with years ago. There's no place for racism in our game, nor anywhere else.

But to that point, it should never have been published nor placed in the Gatherer. And for that we are sorry. The events of the past weeks and the ongoing conversation about how we can better support people of color have caused us to examine ourselves, our actions, and our inactions. We appreciate everyone helping us to recognize when we fall short. We should have been better, we can be better, and we will be better.

To that end, we will also be removing a number of other images from our database, including:

  • Cleanse

  • Stone-Throwing Devils

  • Pradesh Gypsies

  • Jihad

  • Imprison

  • Crusade

Replacing those card images will be the following statement:

"We have removed this card image from our database due to its racist depiction, text, or combination thereof. Racism in any form is unacceptable and has no place in our games, nor anywhere else."

Additionally, these cards will be banned in all sanctioned tournament play.

There's much more work to be done as we continue to make our games, communities, and company more inclusive. Know that we work every day to be better and that we hear you. We look forward to sharing more of our plans with you as our games and organization evolve.




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