• Fortnite is hosting the We The People podcast to discuss race in America.
  • Players can watch this podcast live through Fortnite: Party Royale.

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Modified 04 Jul 2020, 00:21 IST

(Image Credit: We The People)
(Image Credit: We The People)

Perhaps accidentally, Fortnite has become one of the biggest and most public hubs for sharing content and performing for people that the internet can offer. Recently the podcast We the People has been announced as the next scheduled event for the Fortnite: Party Royale stage on July 4th.


We The People

Unless you’ve been almost quite literally living under a rock the past few weeks, you’ve certainly heard about the Black Lives Matter movement. In the wake of multiple police killings of black Americans, the Black Lives Matter movement has made a point of highlighting the causes and effects of systemic racism in America, with daughter movements sparking throughout the world taking up similar causes. 

In an effort to seize this momentum, We The People has decided to bring this discussion to Fortnite in order to let this global and diverse community educate themselves on the matter.


Racism in America’s Fortnite

With recent ongoing events it is clear that racism is more than just a current problem in America, but a problem that has lingered and festered like an open wound since the country’s foundation. Ever since America’s cultural dominance in the world, American style racism has been exported throughout the world, oftentimes exacerbating local racial tensions in the process.

This racism is the same racism that now plagues the internet, including internet gaming communities like Fortnite. Racism on the internet has been so prevalent and commonplace that it’s almost become a sick joke to parody. Pointing out that preteen boys have a tendency to loudly and proudly shout racial epithets at their enemies, teammates, randomly encountered other players, and really anyone the game allows them to communicate with at all has become part of what people make fun of about the internet. 

But it’s not funny, and it shouldn’t have a home anywhere, let alone on the internet. Hopefully thanks to the work of Elaine Welteroth, Jemele Hill, Killer Mike, and Lil Baby, all set to speak during the Fortnite broadcast, Fortnite’s player base will be able to learn a little more about these issues.

Published 04 Jul 2020, 00:21 IST

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