Hasbro, the company that owns the rights to the game Scrabble in North America, said the game's players association had “agreed to remove all slurs from their word list for Scrabble tournament play.” This is not quite a fait accompli, since the players association’s 12-person advisory board will vote on the matter. While opinions on this topic vary, as Josephine Flowers, a ranked competitive Scrabble player who is Black, says, “Never underestimate the power of words.” Flowers is among those calling on the organization to remove an anti-Black racial slur and as many as 225 other offensive terms from its lexicon.

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