A Message from INN’s Staff

2020-06-05

Header art by Redline XIII.

This article is written by CaptainTutu, with the full endorsement of INN Senior Staff.

My name is Khoury, but you may know me as CaptainTutu and usually I write ‘Tutu’s Weekly Deals and Cool Stuff’. It’s my weekly contribution to inform you on current deals in both video games and tech. This week, however, there are much bigger discussions to be had around the United States, and in other nations, and we here at INN want to contribute to it.

Black people continue to suffer from centuries of systemic racism and a multitude of problematic issues that stem from it. They include increased police brutality against black people, mass incarceration, and institutional racism in the justice system, just to name a few.

On behalf of the INN team and in honor of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the hundreds of other black lives lost at the hands of police brutality, we must no longer be silent. We must no longer be still. We must no longer whistle past their graves because we’re too busy distracting ourselves from death in the real world with destruction in space-pixel land. We must come together, as a community, to make strides for change.

OUR COMMITMENT:

We here at INN stand in solidarity with our black staff, black community members, black creators, and black people all around the globe during this difficult time.

  • We will commit to seeking out and uplifting black and minority voices within our community.
  • INN also condemns all acts of racism, sexism, hatred, and toxicity within our community and we will hold ourselves accountable in enacting and upholding these commitments.

ACTION STEPS:

I, CaptainTutu, will be making donations to black organizations such as the NAACP and Black Lives Matter, and I encourage my fellow staff and community members to do the same; anything counts, and if you can’t donate there are many different action steps that you can take yourself in order to help out.

HERE is the link to learn about more information on the movement and how to help make a change for black communities and the fight for equality around the globe. Thank you!

BLACK LIVES MATTER

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Comments

  • Zo Fryer

    Well said. I can remember the very first time I was exposed to institutionalized racism. I was in Annapolis walking around with a friend. We had our boat shoes on. We saw a big old station wagon with a black family inside get pulled over by a cop, and asked if they were lost. They were clearly there to take in the sights. It’s weird getting angry about something that you didn’t know happened. I watched this cop badger this family into turning around and leaving. This was the late 90’s.

    June 7, 2020 at 1:23 PM
    • CaptainTutu Zo Fryer

      Thanks for sharing your story Zo! That’s so awful to hear, and it truly says a lot about your character and the good heart that you possess for you to witness that and fully understand the faults in what you’ve seen from that experience.

      Continue sharing these stories and using your voice to speak out against institutionalized racism. We are so incredibly glad to have you as an ally and glad to have you as a member within this community. Thank you!

      June 8, 2020 at 3:20 AM