atma_ver_0001 (atma_ver_0001) wrote in looking4sailors,
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African women's blog upset over Resident Evil 5

Via EvAv, Joystiq, GamePolitics, etc.

An African women's blog has registered their displeasure with Resident Evil 5, a game which puts players in the shoes of a Caucasian American (who we all know and love as Chris Redfield) shooting and killing African people (more accurately, they are no longer really human, although it's been stated they are neither zombies nor Ganados) in an African nation. Here's what they had to say:

The new Resident Evil video game depicts a white man in what appears to be Africa killing Black people. The Black people are supposed to be zombies and the white man's job is to destroy them and save humanity. "I have a job to do and I’m gonna see it through."

This is problematic on so many levels, including the depiction of Black people as inhuman savages, the killing of Black people by a white man in military clothing, and the fact that this video game is marketed to children and young adults. Start them young… fearing, hating, and destroying Black people.


I could comment for hours on the layers of wrongness in this statement, but the truth is that Gorvi from EvAv did a flawless job in only 3 sentences:

Of course, she's completely ignoring the fact that the majority of the zombies in the series have been white. Or that in RE4, they were mostly hispanic because of that game's setting. This is the worst kind of knee jerk reaction, being completely ignorant of the subject matter and jumping to try to find racism where there is none.

Would it be less racist if you killed only the white people in Africa? Also, side-note, I am intrigued by the fact that they capitalize "Black" but not "white".


So, what's your take on this, dear readers?
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