Tuesday, October 14, 2003

Yahoo & eBay Shut Down "Ghettopoly,"THANKS TO YOU!

Dear 80-20 supporters:

Thanks to you, who took your precious time to e-mail, &/or fax
"GHETTOPOLY." It is another wonderful demonstration that "Together,
we shall overcome." For 80-20's other effective actions to enhance
our community's welfare, see http://www.80-20initiative.net/unity1.html.

Unfortunately, David Chang remains un-repentant. However, now
that he is facing the consequences, we hope that he would reflect upon
what he has done. For details please see below.

Again, thank you for taking the time to respond to help make
America "a more perfect Union." 80-20 shall continue to monitor sites
related to "Ghettopoly" for a while. We are also contacting the maker
of "monopoly" whose patent rights may have been violated, to ensure
the effective boycotting of "Ghettopoly."

Tens of supporters copied 80-20 in when they communicated with
David Chang, Yahoo and eBay. The messages ranged from being
humorous to very tender to very stern. Go
http://www.80-20initiative.net/ghettopoly.html for those great
messages. The page is being constructed & will not be ready till
tomorrow. Please wait and then visit. I learnt a lot from those

Best regards,
S. B.

[1] Yahoo and eBay shut "Ghettopoly" down

(a) eBay's Decision:
From: "Jones, Brian" (eBay, Inc)
To: John J. Fong
Subject: Re: Responsible Business Practices (Ghettopoly Board Game)
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2003 11:33:01 -0700

Hello, On behalf of Meg Whitman and eBay, Inc. let me thank you for
sharing your concern about the item ghettopoly which had been
previously listed on the eBay site. eBay has made a conscience decision
that these types of items violate eBay's Offensive Materials policy and
we will not allow these items to be sold on eBay. Thanks again for

Brian Jones
eBay, Inc.

(b) Yahoo's Decision:
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2003 06:32:11 -0700 (PDT)
From: temptress03@yahoo.com
To: Frank Chang
Subject: Yahoo! Auto Response

As of Mon, 13 Oct 2003 16:43:30 -0700. Ghettopoly.com has been shut
down by Yahoo.com. To say that I am pissed off is an understatement.
I will use all legal resources to see that is will never happen again
to anyone else. For the people who already placed their orders, please
rest assure your orders are still coming to you as schedule. Please
let everyone you know what happened. Thank you for your understanding.

David Chang

[2] David Chang's Reply:

Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2003 02:46:09 -0700 (PDT)
From: David Chang
To: John J. Fong (deleted) and many others
Cc: sbw@UDel.Edu, davidchang@ghettopoly.com
Subject: Re: Responsible Business Practices (Ghettopoly Board Game)

Should we banned every single black comedian who makes jokes about
Asian Americans? Is Jay Leno a racist because he made a comment about Asian
people eating dogs? How about Dave Chappell, is he a racist too? Do
you think the puppets they use on Crank Yankers are stereotypical too? How
about Snoop dog, is his show on MTV racist too? What do you think when
Rappers rap about " Chink eyes"or "eyes slanted like " are they all
racist too. Or how Asians are portrayed in Black Movies. I think before you
pass judgment on my game, you should first see it. I am sorry that my last
name is of Asian decent, maybe if my last name is of Simmons, you would
not be so harsh. There is all ethnic groups in Ghettopoly. Including
Asian, Irish, Jewish, Hispanics, White, Italians, just like the real
Ghetto. Remember, the game is called Ghettopoly not Blackopoly. Look
up in the dictionary of the meaning of the word Satire.

I hope from this email that you know I am not a racist person but a
person who simply decided to make a game that is not boring. I am sick and
tire of Asians being treated as weaklings with no real voice in this
Country. If all Asian-Americans stood up and addressed injustices from all races
they have felt, then we wouldn't be the silent majority we are now. It
is so sad that when for once Asians finally gather enough courage to
speaks up and is against one of their own. Stop living in fear, no one if
better than you or tougher than you. Do a little research first
www.joegrossberg.com/archives/000660.html, find out the percentage of
people who actually like the game vs the handful of critics whose sole
purpose in life is to scream racism every chance they get. I will make
sure that the whole world will see what true American you guys are.
Remember this is USA not fucking China. Do me a favor, pass this email
to all the righteous Asian brothers and sisters.

David Chang