Yesterday, HBO Max made big waves when they announced that they would be temporarily removing Gone With The Wind from their line-up until they could find a way to frame it so that people would somehow not assume its presence meant they endorsed racism and slavery. Today, Wizards of The West Coast has announced that they will be banning seven cards from Magic The Gathering due to possible racism issues.
The cards include: Invoke Prejudice, Cleanse, Stone-Throwing Devils, Pradesh Gypsies, Jihad, Imprison, and Crusade. They will not only be banned from Tournament play but will also be deleted from the MTG database. Here is the statement from the company:
Today, we will be changing the multiverse ID and removing the Gatherer card image for the card Invoke Prejudice, originally printed in 1994. The card is racist and made even worse by the multiverse ID it was unfortunately codified with years ago. There’s no place for racism in our game, nor anywhere else.
But to that point, it should never have been published nor placed in the Gatherer. And for that we are sorry. The events of the past weeks and the ongoing conversation about how we can better support people of color have caused us to examine ourselves, our actions, and our inactions. We appreciate everyone helping us to recognize when we fall short. We should have been better, we can be better, and we will be better.
To that end, we will be removing a number of images from our database that are racist or culturally offensive, including:
- Invoke Prejudice
- Stone-Throwing Devils
- Pradesh Gypsies
Replacing those card images will be the following statement:
“We have removed this card image from our database due to its racist depiction, text, or combination thereof. Racism in any form is unacceptable and has no place in our games, nor anywhere else.”
Additionally, these cards will be banned in all sanctioned tournament play.
There’s much more work to be done as we continue to make our games, communities, and company more inclusive. Know that we work every day to be better and that we hear you. We look forward to sharing more of our plans with you as our games and organization evolve.