Meet the 23-Year-Old Owner of “Master’s Tools” Game Company, Teaching People How to Avoid Systems of Oppression

In the midst of the growing social justice movement, Toiell Washington noticed how difficult it was for many people to understand and talk about racism. The 23-year-old community organizer and senior at Salem State University wanted to join growing efforts to address racial oppression and other forms of subjugation. With that intention in mind, Washington recalled when, as a child, math seemed like a difficult subject until she discovered on-line math games. She experienced how learning difficult subjects became easier when the teaching method involved play. That background helped Washington decide to create games that reveal how oppressive mechanisms of control functioned, so Black people and others could learn how to avoid them. Her company “Master’s Tools” was recently launched, making available “Meet the Colonizers,” a card game that teaches players about colonization.
To purchase the game, or learn more about Washington’s ingenious efforts to help inform and avoid subjugation, click here.

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