Smash unites people from all walks of life—we at Smashboards fully support the Black Lives Matter movement. We take racism very seriously, and in no way, shape or form do we condone it. It has no place in (or out) of our community, and we do our best to reprimand it on the site. We are anti-racist. This is a safe space for Black people and other People of Color, and we hope that, together, we can help better our world through understanding and compassion.
The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement is vocal in the fight against systemic racism, unequal justice under law, and police brutality not just in the United States, but across the world. The Movement's recent momentum was triggered by a series of killings of unarmed Black people, culminating with the murder of George Floyd.
Smash figureheads and related organizations across the board have spoken out in solidarity with the BLM movement:
Not even sure what to say at this point.— Adam Lindgren (@ArmadaUGS) June 1, 2020
It's so sad to see what's going on in the US right now.
I hope some real change happens this time, it's not a single second to early.
Stay strong everyone and remember#BlackLivesMatter
I don't know how to express myself during these times. Maybe it's because I grew up learning to be quiet about it.— Tempo 🌩️I Axe (@TempoAxe) June 1, 2020
At the very least, I'm happy I can use gaming to support something I care so much about.
I will be entering this tournament tomorrow for charity#BlackLivesMatter https://t.co/xZLUv1lEEO
If you black in America anything can and will be used against you.— Brandon Collier (@YungWaff) May 29, 2020
I need to figure out a way to not let this negativity set me back when I've been making such good progress with my mental health. But right now, as a black man in America absolutely nothing feels safe or secure.— TKbreezy 🗣🎙 (@TKbreezy) May 31, 2020
I physically cringe when I see “All Lives Matter” as a comment to so many of these videos.— hungrybox (@LiquidHbox) June 1, 2020
This is for George Floyd.
Countless others who were killed.
Reform needs to happen.
Systemic racism needs to end.
Unfollow me if you want.#BlackLivesMatter always
It’s heartbreaking when my mom always tells me she fears for my life everytime I go in public just because of the color my skin— eU Samsora (@Samsora_) May 28, 2020
I am donating my winnings from last night pic.twitter.com/ftYzGjGgDH— Gavin Dempsey (@TweekSsb) May 31, 2020
Being Black in America is a crime that carries a life sentence until they decide your time is up, yup.— EE »𝓑𝓛𝓜« (@EEvisu) June 1, 2020
It doesn't matter how much you donate.— Alpha (@Alpharad) May 29, 2020
All that matters is getting the word out and giving what you can.
Please feel free to link any other donation links and petitions below. Do your research, educate yourselves.https://t.co/CKiW7fAZmt pic.twitter.com/VZdXwgntTT
Staying true to its grassroots nature, the Smash community has risen to the task of holding fundraisers and organizing charity tournaments for the BLM movement. For example, Journie Ma-Johnson raised $2000 for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund while reading The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness on stream, Nairoby "Nairo" Quezada and his streaming audience raised $16,000 for Reclaim the Block, and Panda Global's "First to 15" battle between Eric "ESAM" Lew and Ezra "Samsora" Morris raised $16,500 for various BLM-supported charities.
On June 1st, there were Super Smash Bros. Melee East and West Coast Netplay charity events, organized by Nico "Ryobeat" Rodriguez. Participants included Joseph "Mang0" Marquez, Johnny "S2J" Kim, Cody "iBDW" Schwab, Justin "Plup" McGrath, Sasha "Magi" Sullivan, and Kalindi "KJH" Henderson, and the event raised over $35,000 for an assortment of charities. There was a kindred event held for European players on June 6th, which had entrants spanning across the continent and ended up raising several thousand dollars of its own. Similar online charity tournaments for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and P+ are scheduled for June 13-15, and there are sure to be even more like them in the works. Scratch that Smash itch for a good cause!
You can find other ways to help with Black Lives Matter's causes here. Let's remember that this should not be a moment, but a movement.
Author's Note: It's heartening to see the Smash community come together and support the cause. It's important that we acknowledge the darker sides of our community, though, so. If you’re comfortable, I encourage you to share your experiences with racism and prejudice both in and out of the Smash scene below in the comments. We, as a community, need to be aware so that we can be better.
Times are tough for everyone, but if you're searching for information regarding specifically Black mental health, you might find this thread helpful.