Does Pokémon Go Put Black Players In Danger?

A Pokemon Go player is worried that he may be put in a dangerous situation because of the color of his skin. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“SAN FRANCISCO — Omari Akil says he couldn't wait to play Pokémon Go — until he went outside for 20 minutes.

Akil, a writer and business systems analyst from Chapel Hill, N.C., spent five minutes enjoying the game, including one minute "trying to look as pleasant and nonthreatening as possible as I walked by a somewhat visibly disturbed white woman on her way to the bus stop."

"I spent the other 14 minutes being distracted from the game by thoughts of the countless Black Men who have had the police called on them because they looked 'suspicious' or wondering what a second amendment exercising individual might do if I walked past their window a third or fourth time in search of a Jigglypuff," Akil wrote in a piece he published on Medium.

"When my brain started combining the complexity of being Black in America with the real world proposal of wandering and exploration that is designed into the game play of Pokémon Go, there was only one conclusion. I might die if I keep playing."

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68 Comments

  1. Clearly all this people in the comments didn’t watch the video. If you had
    done, you would have seen that they weren’t saying “Being black and playing
    Pokemon is dangerous”, it was simply an open discussion about someone
    else’s perspective.

    • they almost say black should fear being around white people, that is why
      people are mad. I like tyt but they take the testimony of a black person
      over a white person seemingly every time.

  2. TYT you continue to get MASSIVE numbers of downvotes and comments calling
    you out when you continue to post GARBAGE like this, how do you not have a
    clue yet? Your own viewers are trying to tell you something…

    • TYT viewers are mostly straight white male brogressive bernie bros. they
      get triggered by womens issues and crying for help by downvoting it but go
      drool on Bernie videos.

    • they dont do this because they make money from the youtube views. they have
      rich benefactors that pay them BECAUSE they push this bullshit racial
      victimhood nonsense.

  3. Why is it always blacks? Hispanics get discriminated against at a similar
    level as blacks yet I don’t see TYT victimizing Hispanics like they do
    blacks.

  4. Stop playing the victim card. Not on this one. Just show your phone to
    anyone if it escalates. Move on.

    • That would be the proper thing to do but some people would be aggressively
      defensive and pull the race card or something.

    • why would you have to prove to anyone that you are non threatening when you
      haven’t done anything illegal!

      So, when you are near a childrens playground, i should ask you why are you
      looking at the kids playing?

  5. Only TYT could take an article so dumb that it borders on self-parody and
    actually take it seriously because it involves a minority.

  6. The only people that deny white privilege, are those who have it. They
    can’t simply look beyond their own perspective into others shoes. And then
    get offended when someone brings that up. Which is the majority of these
    comments

    • A white male is 5 times more likely to be killed by police than a black
      female(accounting for population).
      Black female privilege?.

    • +Patrick Sheehan You just said White privilege doesn’t exist then said it
      exists, but people are trying to take it away.

    • 3 more cops killed by racist BLM. TYT keeps race baiting on every video.
      Its almost as if they have an agenda………

    • why are you subscribed to TyT knowing you don’t care/agree with their
      coverage of racism in America? Why not just unsubscribe?

    • What’s you point? Just because blacks commit more crimes than whites it
      doesn’t mean that blacks are criminals. You need to learn how to read
      statistics. For example, those same statistics say that only 0.2% of black
      people commit violent crime. How does 0.2% violent blacks make the rest of
      the 99.8% blacks violent?

  7. Wow, you never thought of that. That is one of the first things I thought
    about.

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