Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Monopoly may be responsible for de-segregation in the US

[Parts of this post were borrowed *ahem* from Wikipedia. My comments will appear in bold text because that way you can tell truth from fiction. Probably.]
The history of Monopoly can be traced back to 1904, when a Quaker woman named Elizabeth (Lizzie) J. Magie Phillips created a game through which she hoped to be able to explain the single tax theory of Henry George (it was intended to illustrate the negative aspects of concentrating land in private monopolies). Her game, The Landlord's Game, was commercially published in 1924.
Since slavery was abolished in the 1860’s but segregation still existed, I am going out on a limb to say that Monopoly is directly responsible for integration.  And I will prove it.
In 1941, the British Secret Service had John Waddington Ltd., the licensed manufacturer of the game outside the U.S., create a special edition for World War II prisoners of war held by the Nazis. Hidden inside these games were maps, compasses, real money, and other objects useful for escaping. They were distributed to prisoners by secret service-created fake charity groups.
Nazis also hate black people, so I’m pretty sure I’m on the right track here. The game helped free gatrillions of white captives and also encouraged blacks and whites to be together in harmony whilst playing board games.
Parker Brothers [the game’s eventual owner and manufacturer] was founded by George S. Parker. Parker's philosophy deviated from the prevalent theme of board game design; he believed that games should be played for enjoyment and did not need to emphasize morals and values. [values like bigotry and slavery and segregation...see?  I’m SO right on this.]
I must credit my 12-year old son for discovering that Monopoly indeed changed the face of black/white relations in the US.  Thank you, Monopoly, for showing blacks and whites how to play TOGETHER.

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