Ghettopoly

Object Number: 
2009.14
Date: 
2002
Medium: 
Paper, plastic, and metal
Dimensions: 
Box: 1 1/2 x 20 x 10 1/2 in. (3.8 x 50.8 x 26.7 cm) Overall (board): 19 1/2 x 19 1/2 in. (49.5 x 49.5 cm)
Description: 
"Stolen Property Fencing Game from Ghettopoly.com Inc"; like Monopoly game with board, paper money and cards, plastic and metal pieces, and dice
Gallery Label: 
In October 2003, the New York Times reported on heated opposition to the new game "Ghettopoly," which was being sold at Urban Outfitters stores throughout the region. Developed by David Chang, a 28-year-old who came to the U.S. from Taiwan at age eight, Ghettopoly reinterprets Monopoly for the inner city, with "playas" seeking to acquire enough crack houses so they can create a "project" on their property. In place of Boardwalk and Park Place are properties such as Ray Ray's Chicken and Ribs and Smitty's XXX Peep Show. Though intended as humorous rather than degrading, the game provoked outrage in many circles. Kweisi Mfume, President of the NAACP, condemned the game as "a racist and bigoted product attempting to hide behind the cloak of entertainment." Protestors, including Yale students and members of the local NAACP, gathered in front of Urban Outfitters stores, where games were flying off the shelves. Under pressure, the national chain finally pulled the game from its stores.
Credit Line: 
Gift of David T. Chang
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Creative: Tronvig Group