B. Dave Walters, creator (Dungeons & Dragons: A Darkened Wish), actor (Salvage Marines), and tabletop RPG livestreamer (Victor Temple on Geek & Sundry’s Vampire the Masquerade: LA by Night) has launched a documentary project about race relations in America that seeks to help everyone find ways to improve communication about these problems and work towards collaborative solutions. Dear America, From a Black Guy is Walters’ new documentary that focuses on finding ways to respectfully and productively discuss the issues of inequality and racism — something that he feels isn’t happening as frequently as it should.
“Yelling at each other isn’t working. Ignoring each other isn’t working,” said Walters. “I am creating this documentary to try and bridge the growing gap in our country so that we can remember how to talk to each other with respect. Because if we don’t, the Ship of State is going to sink with ALL of us trapped onboard.”
The core goal of Dear America, From a Black Guy is to explain three things:
- How systemic racism and inequality have built the world we live in, and how to see it for what it is in all its guises
- Why ‘good people’ do racist things: Why your aunt feels the need to keep posting ‘All Lives Matter,’ or why your racist uncle hasn’t missed church in 20 years but condones keeping kids in cages at the southern border, and more importantly, how something called ‘moral framing’ can help you reach these types of ‘morally lost’ people.
- The need to actually listen to each other with respect — how to engage with people you disagree with to try and find some sort of common ground. Without a clear, calm, and respectful way to communicate, people may hear what’s being said, but won’t truly be listening.
More info about Dear America, From a Black Guy is available on its Indiegogo page: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/dear-america-from-a-black-guy#/
A long-time creator and contributor to the tabletop RPG scene, B. Dave Walters is the writer of Dungeons & Dragons: A Darkened Wish for IDW Publishing and Wizards of the Coast. He also appears as Victor Temple on Vampire the Masquerade: LA by Night on Geek & Sundry, and as Chato on We’re Alive: Frontier on Project Alpha. Walters also appears as Imago in Salvage Marines and is the co-writer of episodes 7-12 of that series.
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