Statement regarding racist remarks
We have been passed a discussion (by bits), in which a game designer of the Marco Polo series (Daniele Tascini) had made racist remarks.
We want to clarify, that we do in no way identify with and distance ourselves from this statement.
There is no reason for using certain words. Every apology to do so, regardless, only serves the protection of white privilege.
We all should dedicate ourselves to solidarity, and this includes coming to terms with one’s own past. This means, that we as white Europeans do have an obligation, which we have to be aware of. Only if we accept this, we can build a future which is fair.
Mr. Tascini’s attempt at an apology unfortunately shows, that this acceptance is not present and that he does not/does not want to understand that the problem is rooted in white everyday racism.
We will not further publish the Marco Polo series and cancel all current orders from our partners (we do not sell our games ourself).
As long as we don’t feel like (and Daniele Tascini has not openly proven that) a true shift in attitude has taken place and a sincere apology is present, we will not change this. In addition, we will of course not realize any new projects together with Mr. Tascini.
For this, we want to apologize to the co-designers: Simone Luciani and Studio Giochi, and also to HiG’s designers.
We believe that the games themselves do not contain offensive content. If they do, please let us know.
This is also why we ask you, not to punish small retailers – which are facing rough times anyways – and still buy the games of this series.
Any and all profits coming from the series will from now on be donated to one or more organizations, that focus on the topic of racism.
The organization we have picked, will shortly be published here:
Representing Hans im Glück,
We are happy to hear, that Mr. Tascini has posted the following statement:
I’ve had a lot of time to think about what happened, and I’ve learned many things I wasn’t aware of.
I’ve learned that my words and actions are part of the racial problem. Instead of trying to understand your point of view or listen to your words, I was more concerned with trying to explain why the white European view should win the argument.
I’ve also learned that no matter what my intent is, the result of what I say or do can still cause harm to somebody. I didn’t mean to hurt you with my words, but I did, and for this I am sorry. I also didn’t want to reject or ignore you when I finally understood that I had hurt you, but I did, and for that I am sorry. I’m also sorry that I tried to make excuses for myself instead of just apologizing and making sure you are okay.
I’ve also learned how being born and raised in a society dominated by male white European ideals, I was taught world history from this point of view. I grew up with the privilege of not being discriminated against for the colour of my skin, my gender, or other attributes. Because of this, many times I see my words or actions as ‘acceptable’ while they instead cause harm because of my insensitiveness.
Racism has always been wrong. It doesn’t matter if something is just a little racist or very racist, it’s still racist.
How many times have I made similar mistakes in the past? I don’t know, but probably many times. There is a saying: you don’t know what you don’t know. But I want to know. I want to learn and I want to change. I’ve said that I don’t see myself as racist. Today I also understand that I can’t just be satisfied being “not racist”. I want to be “anti-racist”.
I know that I have a lot to learn and I apologize if I slip up and make mistakes along the way. I promise to educate myself, with the help of others. I want to be an active part of fighting against racism and other social issues. I want to learn from my mistakes and improve.
Together with help from my friends at Board&Dice I have already started to learn about racial issues, Black Lives Matter, systemic racism, and will find ways that I can SHOW that I’m against racism, not just SAY it.
“Words matter, but actions matter more.”
This does indeed sound to us, as if Mr. Tascini is critically reflecting upon his behavioral patterns and striving for change. We welcome this very much, as it shows that the criticism he received from all sides, has made a difference and might have initiated a change of thinking.
As Mr. Tascini writes, words matter - actions matter more. On this basis we will gladly follow his further actions and would be happy, to once again find common ground in the future.
The decision, not to publish any products of the Marco Polo series as of now and to donate all profits, remains. We have already contacted organizations (United for Intercultural Action in Europe, as well as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and Color of Change in the US) and are currently looking for the best way to support them.
At this point, we also want to thank you for all the support we have been receiving! It was very important to us, to take action and stand up for our convictions. It is nice witnessing, that many of you have supported this and share the same ideals.