As the ongoing protests around the globe against racism and fascism spread, things are definitely more serious than many may realize. The consistent problems surrounding racism and inequality in America have now become much more of a hot-button issue for many who previously ignored them. Black Lives Matter has become a rallying cry for millions around the globe as they stand up against exploitation and other related problems in various societies.
The increasingly draconian response, particularly from the US government, was capped off yesterday by President Donald Trump promising to send in military forces against US citizens to quell protests. He also ordered federal police to tear gas entirely peaceful demonstrations near to the White House so he could walk into Lafeyette Park and take a gauche photo op at St John’s Episcopal Church. The White House would later share pompous propaganda from this instance of police violence to pander to voters on the religious right.
Just a few minutes ago, he claimed on Twitter that “My Admin has done more for the Black Community than any President since Abraham Lincoln.”
Just ignore that former Attorney General Jeff Sessions limited the use of consent decrees before leaving the administration. These decrees are used within police departments accused of civil rights violations to limit their ability to commit further abuses. And just ignore that the number of people killed by police in 2019 was estimated to be as high as 1,100 when accounting for all deaths in custody as well as shootings. And the trend of fatal police shootings in the United States seems to only be increasing, with a total 228 civilians having been shot, 31 of whom were Black, as of March 30, 2020. In 2018, there were 996 fatal police shootings, and in 2019 this figure increased to 1,004.
And in response to all of this, gaming companies are taking notice. CD PROJEKT RED has made the call to suspend a planned event to allow for more important discussions” about the issue of racism. The event for showing off their new game, Cyberpunk 2077, will be moved to two weeks after the original date of June 11. The new event that will show new details, is scheduled for June 25.
While Night City Wire has been delayed, the launch of Cyberpunk 2077 is still on schedule. Cyberpunk 2077 is still up for release on September 17.