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'Fortnite' Educates Its Players About Systemic Racism at "We The People" Event

Watch the full conversation here.

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'Fortnite' Educates Its Players About Systemic Racism at "We The People" Event

Watch the full conversation here.

Last weekend, Fortnite‘s Party Royale hosted its “We The People” event – a series of conversations about systemic racism and diversity. Featured speakers included CNN political commentator Van Jones, former Teen Vogue Editor-in-Chief Elaine Welteroth, The Atlantic contributing writer Jemele Hill and rapper Killer Mike.

In the wake of the death of George Floyd, the event aired at 8:46 a.m. CDT, referencing the duration of how long Floyd was forcefully pinned to the ground by the knee of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. The Run The Jewels artist shared his views on the world’s current state to the players who tuned in and said:

“I’m excited the progress is happening. But I know on the other side of that progression, Breonna [Taylor], Floyd, the brother that was killed here, there are martyrs and we’ve long been martyrs for the progression of this country. And I hope that as we enter into another martyrdom, we enter this coming out, to see justice on that front end and not only when we’re angry. I hope that in coming out of this, the young people that are in the streets organizing, continue to organize in the time of peace like they are in a time of war because they are organizing effectively. They’re causing systemic change in the immediate and not some protracted campaign. And I support that.”

According to Digital Trends, the conversation “re-aired every other hour for 24 hours” on July 4 for those who weren’t able to watch it live. In case you missed it, you can now watch the full event in the video above.

Elsewhere in gaming, Discord plans to rebrand as a more inclusive chatting platform.

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