Okay so the hate mail count over actually pointing out racism in the game is at a whopping…
58 different pieces of hate mail.
The ultimate joke is this little article about racism in a game isn’t even seen that much. Today it’s blown up thanks to getting reddited but otherwise it’s negligible. Out of less than 700 hits I have received, 1/10 have generated a hate mail piece. Kudos!
But the discussions I have had with people have made me rather sad. I think this has uncovered a deeper problem in gaming and quite honestly it’s going to be a rather long time to get to the end of it.
It’s not the racists that currently bother me, it’s the people who think that the solution to racism is to keep your head down and ignore them. Because racism has gone away by being ignored in every single other sport where we fought it?
It’s not just the racism it’s the greater culture of “ignore trolls”. But if a troll is willing to delve into the depths of racism with no care for what those words mean then the troll is by definition a racist because “I am using those words to get a rise out of people” is the reason for using those words.
And my question is “What is the difference between this troll and the racist?”. It looks like one, it quacks like one and it moves like one.
I have gotten so much hate mail that it’s not worth copying it out. It boils down to the usual “Fuck You Nigger Fag Bitch Cunt” variety although there is one special one that called me a Jew. Thanks I forgot that one! Surprised at there being no secret Muslim stuff.
So I kind of learnt a lesson here. No one’s going to do anything for people of colour with regards to racism. That we punish leaving games with greater ferocity than racism. And that gamers as a whole don’t think racism is that harmful and that simply screaming “nigger” is as bad as calling someone an idiot.
Which means that what we have here is a similar struggle to what women face in gaming. And one that’s probably going to be harder because while people can recognise sexism as a bad thing. People don’t seem to consider racism in the same way.