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Published on August 1st, 2007 | by Daniel David

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Resident Evil 5 racist?

The new extended cut of Resident Evil 5 has flag a few racial concerns. Resident Evil 5 is set in what appears to be Africa or something of the sort and Chris Redfield, the main character is seen fighting zombies that happen to be black.

Kym Platt, blogger at Black Looks had this to say about the game:

“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.”

She is not the only one that had this concern about Resident Evil 5. Bonnie Ruberg at The Village Voice said this:

“Resident Evil 5 is already raising questions about racism (White good guys vs. black bad guys? Is this some kind of race war?), or maybe questions about Capcom’s judgment (Who okayed this for production?). As one forum commenter wrote, “Is it just me, or is there something subtly racist about gunning down mobs of angry Africans?”

But the point isn’t to smack one more label on mainstream video games (violent, sexist, racist). The point is that—for this white girl, at least—the Resident Evil 5 trailer is strangely disturbing.”

I can see the concerns for racism here since a white person gunning black people would set of the racial fire. According to Wikipedia stories of zombies originated in the Afro-Caribbean spiritual belief system of Vodoun so setting the game in this sort of environment makes sense and I doubt there would be many white people in those kind of areas.

Me personally being black I didn’t take offense since we have been killing white zombies since the first Resident Evil and the game just looked bad ass to me. We don’t even know if this is the only place in the game, the setting could shift to where black people wouldn’t be all to common in the game.

I think what Kym Patt said about the quote “I have a job to do and I’m gonna see it through” is taken way out of context and I doubt she has ever played any Resident Evil games which from this quote you would understand that Chris has been fighting Umbrella for a long time now and he would like to put an end to thier organization. Genocide isn’t the goal of this character.

This is going to be an issue for a while and I hope it doesn’t hinder what looks to be another great game in the Resident evil franchise. Like I said I can see why some people could get offended but for me at least I don’t think Capcom were trying to be racist or anything they are just trying to make a game that gamers would enjoy.


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  • Liquid_Mind

    …what about every other game? you know, where you shoot white zombies? lol, lighten up folks, its a game.

  • Liquid_Mind

    …what about every other game? you know, where you shoot white zombies? lol, lighten up folks, its a game.

  • Master Perc

    The spaniards never complained when RE4 was released. Spaniards were being killed by an american, but hey, they were infected by a parasite/virus. Thats the same when the setting changed to africa in RE5. What do you want? The zombies in africa to be white? Hit yourself in the head and think. Who lives in africa? white people? duh….. Its not racist. a lot of black gamers dont think its racist. If the game had white people as the only zombies without any blacks in a primarily black country then hey thats racist. Is that what you want? Dont be so defensive. Yes indeed racism still exist. But I dont see it in this game. And dont think only the black people are being discriminated, but also us asians who have brown/yellow skins. But if they were to stage RE in an asian country thats ok.Spaniards never complained when RE4 was on Spain. Its just a game and if you will read or study what the game is all about a VIRUS/PARASITE infection. Read about the game. Theres a virus outbreak. ALL HUMAN BEINGS can be infected by this virus in the game. And black people are not imune to it because they are also human. So as the Asians, Americans, Europeans and Africans. ALL RACES. So stop your nonsense please.

  • Master Perc

    The spaniards never complained when RE4 was released. Spaniards were being killed by an american, but hey, they were infected by a parasite/virus. Thats the same when the setting changed to africa in RE5. What do you want? The zombies in africa to be white? Hit yourself in the head and think. Who lives in africa? white people? duh….. Its not racist. a lot of black gamers dont think its racist. If the game had white people as the only zombies without any blacks in a primarily black country then hey thats racist. Is that what you want? Dont be so defensive. Yes indeed racism still exist. But I dont see it in this game. And dont think only the black people are being discriminated, but also us asians who have brown/yellow skins. But if they were to stage RE in an asian country thats ok.Spaniards never complained when RE4 was on Spain. Its just a game and if you will read or study what the game is all about a VIRUS/PARASITE infection. Read about the game. Theres a virus outbreak. ALL HUMAN BEINGS can be infected by this virus in the game. And black people are not imune to it because they are also human. So as the Asians, Americans, Europeans and Africans. ALL RACES. So stop your nonsense please.

  • Master Perc

    I was referring to Kym platt and Bonnie Ruberg about their comments for the game being racist.

  • Master Perc

    I was referring to Kym platt and Bonnie Ruberg about their comments for the game being racist.

  • Jergen

    Shut The fuck up im black and i dont take it personal leave it to the professionals to know when its racism you asshole. Its set in Haiti not Africa you fucker.

  • Jergen

    Shut The fuck up im black and i dont take it personal leave it to the professionals to know when its racism you asshole. Its set in Haiti not Africa you fucker.

  • http://www.gamingtruth.com D’Juan

    Hey jergen,

    Saying stfu here is like slapping your mailman for giving you bills that you didn’t want. If you notice, all the comments are toward the people complaining.

    The gamers here aren’t riled up about it! In fact, if you check out the third paragraph from the bottom, Dan isn’t offended either – so try to relax next time!

    By the way, thanks for commenting and welcome to the site!

  • http://www.gamingtruth.com D’Juan

    Hey jergen,

    Saying stfu here is like slapping your mailman for giving you bills that you didn’t want. If you notice, all the comments are toward the people complaining.

    The gamers here aren’t riled up about it! In fact, if you check out the third paragraph from the bottom, Dan isn’t offended either – so try to relax next time!

    By the way, thanks for commenting and welcome to the site!

  • Matt

    Well it looks to be pretty fun. I mean shooting at blacks is like shooting at Indians or politically correct “Native Americans”. It’s all about entertainment. I’ll shoot anybody in any game if it’s the objective to beat the game. Blacks, Spaniards, who cares? Seriously stop being so racially sensitive, it’s embarrassing.

  • Matt

    Well it looks to be pretty fun. I mean shooting at blacks is like shooting at Indians or politically correct “Native Americans”. It’s all about entertainment. I’ll shoot anybody in any game if it’s the objective to beat the game. Blacks, Spaniards, who cares? Seriously stop being so racially sensitive, it’s embarrassing.

  • Guy

    Yeah, the gajme cannot be racist. To the dumb and racist bitch Kym Platt: You think the makers give a fuck about the skin color? All they did was try to be realistic. And what do you expect, white zombies in Africa? Bitch, Kym Platt=racist immature bitch who knows fuck all about Resi Evil

    Long live Resident Evil

  • Guy

    Yeah, the gajme cannot be racist. To the dumb and racist bitch Kym Platt: You think the makers give a fuck about the skin color? All they did was try to be realistic. And what do you expect, white zombies in Africa? Bitch, Kym Platt=racist immature bitch who knows fuck all about Resi Evil

    Long live Resident Evil

  • D-REX

    Bottomline line we need more black, spanish, and other races in games beside white 99.9% of the time.

  • D-REX

    Bottomline line we need more black, spanish, and other races in games beside white 99.9% of the time.

  • Guy with the hair.

    My god give it a rest. I just heard about this and being black I dont really care. It’s a game. Seriously. If you think its racist just avoid the game.
    Also! It’s in Africa. You want them to shoot asians in Africa?

  • Guy with the hair.

    My god give it a rest. I just heard about this and being black I dont really care. It’s a game. Seriously. If you think its racist just avoid the game.
    Also! It’s in Africa. You want them to shoot asians in Africa?

  • Omen

    What in the hell is up with these freaking people, in the series thus far the vast majority of "bad guys" or "enemies" have not been from a ethnic minority, or lets me go a step further here, the majority have been of european decent. These idiots, use race as an excuse for the majority to be castigated just because of the ignorance of a small minority, and we have this kind of political correctness BS where people like Ms Platt can make racist anti-caucacian comments (and let's not sugar coat this here, people like her set back the work of people that genuinelly want to bring racial equality); with a one sided and ill informed opinion on something which I doubt she bothered researching further than looking at a less than five minute promotional video sent into her which she probably never even bothered watching fully once she saw this alleged piece of racism which she is getting so pissed off about for no obvious reason other than trying to show herself to be at the fore front of some personal crusade which as I say does nothing more than act as self promtion for her and her little five page two member website.

  • Omen

    What in the hell is up with these freaking people, in the series thus far the vast majority of "bad guys" or "enemies" have not been from a ethnic minority, or lets me go a step further here, the majority have been of european decent. These idiots, use race as an excuse for the majority to be castigated just because of the ignorance of a small minority, and we have this kind of political correctness BS where people like Ms Platt can make racist anti-caucacian comments (and let's not sugar coat this here, people like her set back the work of people that genuinelly want to bring racial equality); with a one sided and ill informed opinion on something which I doubt she bothered researching further than looking at a less than five minute promotional video sent into her which she probably never even bothered watching fully once she saw this alleged piece of racism which she is getting so pissed off about for no obvious reason other than trying to show herself to be at the fore front of some personal crusade which as I say does nothing more than act as self promtion for her and her little five page two member website.

  • LegalAlien

    What’s racist is Kim Platt’s “white devil witch hunt”!!! How the h3ll is RE5 racist when they got 2 black heroes in the game along side of Chris Redfield, not to mention a whole African army makes an appearance to support the annihilation of a virus caused by Umbrella? If anything the game represents white and black people banding together for the sake of human survival against global biological terrorism. I wonder what she thinks about interracial couples, multi-racial babies, white rappers, or black people who get the sh*t beat outta them for trying to bully a person from another race????

    increase the peace, 1

  • LegalAlien

    What's racist is Kim Platt's “white devil witch hunt”!!! How the h3ll is RE5 racist when they got 2 black heroes in the game along side of Chris Redfield, not to mention a whole African army makes an appearance to support the annihilation of a virus caused by Umbrella? If anything the game represents white and black people banding together for the sake of human survival against global biological terrorism. I wonder what she thinks about interracial couples, multi-racial babies, white rappers, or black people who get the sh*t beat outta them for trying to bully a person from another race????

    increase the peace, 1

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