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Scrabble has human rights complaint lodged against it by Aboriginal activist Stephen Hagan

A complaint has been lodged to the Australian Human Rights Commission against the owners of popular board game Scrabble for allowing racist slurs against Aboriginal people to be used as playable words.

Aboriginal activist Stephen Hagan is behind the complaint against toy maker Mattel for allowing several derogatory terms to be played.

Hagan has successfully campaigned in the past to convince brand owner’s to acknowledge racial overtones.

In July last year, the near-century old Australian-made Coon cheese announced it would be renamed, after the activist wrote to the brand’s Canadian-based owners.

“My wife and I never encouraged our children, when they were young, to experiment with racially offensive words or slurs whenever they played Scrabble,” Dr Hagan wrote in the complaint, obtained by NCA NewsWire.

“I would like to think that when they have children they would also explain the importance of not using racially offensive words to gain points in Scrabble.”

File image of a Scrabble board game. Credit: Getty Images

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