It is generally easy and convenient to make statements about the need for more equality and racial justice; it is difficult, as time has proved, to take actions that support and support these words. One of the biggest impediments to progress is when those who seek a deeper integration of equality are afraid to be honest, transparent and direct about their own fallibility, and to confront their mistakes and ignorance directly so that we can truly make a change.
Why will things be different this time? Perhaps things are different because the need for progress is so acute and, for the first time, so genuinely understood by so many, that confronting one's own prejudices or ignorance seems a first step towards a more real understanding, and from that understanding there can be progress real.
Fer, one of our players, made a mistake. He was wrong. He made comments in his stream that do not reflect our values and, we believe, that also do not reflect his values., While fer is also seen in his broadcast supporting the fight against racism and racial equality, he is also shown making comments on " good and bad hair ". In context, these comments can be interpreted as having racial tones. We all know, sometimes, language or phrases have, if taken to the extreme, a set of implications or meanings disconnected from the speaker's intention. However, it cannot be an excuse to hide behind it. Fer knows and recognizes this type of language feeds a narrative that is wrong and deeply damaging. Instead of hiding, he faced the problem and apologized.
We will impose a fine on fer for his comments, and work with him to choose organizations that promote racial equality. The amount of your fine will be allocated to these institutions.
We are also sharing this with the community, because it is only by being truly open and vulnerable to mistakes that individuals and groups can really learn and grow together. Just as we develop physically through hard training, sometimes painful, we can only develop as an equal society, doing hard work to improve. It is not acceptable for all the pain to be borne by the oppressed while the oppressor is hiding.
Mibr hopes that the whole community will be able to learn and grow through this incident and recognize that even though we support equality and racial justice, we also sometimes make mistakes and end up contributing to the problem. We must use these moments to grow together.