It’s not going away. Speaking on the Young Black Writers blog, author Tolu Olorunda has raised similar concerns over Resident Evil 5’s imagery that troubled Newsweek’s N’Gai Croal after seeing footage of the game.
“What I witnessed [in the trailer] was nerve-wrecking, painful, mind-numbing and heart-racing,” said Olorunda. “It wasted no time in capitalizing upon the long history of blatant depictions of Africans as savages and helpless imbeciles. The trailer featured a Caucasian male mutilating African villages, along with Africans. With the not-so ancient history of colonialism and neo-colonialism in Africa, the issue of racial insensitivity and indifference must be brought to the centerfold.”