A Seat at the Table: Board Gaming Is For Us Too

Why are our Black and Latinx youth so addicted to their screens? It’s not only the TV screens, but also their ipods, androids, iphones, ipads, you name it! They love playing games, but they limit themselves to video games creating more social isolation than we are used to. In an article published by “TheGrio,” the author reminds us, “Studies indicate Blacks, Hispanics and those in lower socioeconomic groups play, spend more time, and buy more video games than other groups. According to The Kaiser Family Foundation, African American youth between the ages of 8 and 18 play games 30 minutes more per day than White youth, while Hispanics play an average of 10 minutes more”. 

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William Garcia is an Afro-Nuyorican raised between New York and Puerto Rico. William is an avid board game collector who has worked to create a board game culture among teens of color. He is currently a doctoral student in American Studies at The University of Kansas where he hopes to continue bringing the community together through board gaming. William serves as an adjunct lecturer for the Department of Latin American and Latino Studies at The City College of New York. He is most famous for serving as a contributing writer for Latino Rebels where he doesn’t hold back calling out on the anti-Black behaviors within the Latinx community.