New York Times: Resident Evil 5 isn’t racist

Monday, 16th March 2009 18:44 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Hopefully this’ll be the last word on the subject. The New York Times is the latest in a string of publications to say that Resident Evil 5 isn’t racist. Please let this be the end of it.

Let’s get this out of the way: Resident Evil 5 is not a racist game.

For at least a year some black journalists have been wringing their hands about whether the game, the latest in the seminal survival-horror series, inflames racist stereotypes because it is set in Africa. The answer is no…

So Resident Evil 5 exposes the perhaps uncomfortable truth that blacks and Arabs can become zombies too, just like anyone else. Blacks and Arabs do not have a secret anti-zombie gene. And just like all the thousands of white, Asian and Hispanic zombies that have been dispatched in innumerable other games before them, the African zombies must also be destroyed, or at least neutralized.

That it? Really? Get a lot more words through the link.



  1. mightyhokie

    Okay, so if a company doesn’t include blacks in a game they are called racist. If they include blacks in a game and they are bad guys, then it is racist.

    So….am I supposed to believe that every black person in any video game must be a hero? Sorry, that is just not my experience with blacks…or whites…or asians…or any other bipedal descendant of the hominid species.

    Get over it.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Syrok

    No, no, everything that attacks in a game is evil and can be killed. No matter what they look like. :)

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Syrok

    Edit: *you

    #3 6 years ago
  4. rauper

    I like the way they said the complaints were from “some black journalists”…

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Mike

    White journalist says black journalist is wrong about game being racist. Right.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. ElfShotTheFood

    Asian zombies in RE6? Let’s hope so.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. deanimate

    I want to shoot some chinks in RE6.
    Only a company as racist as Capcom can make my dream come true.

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Panipal2005

    @ Mike -

    White journalist being white means his opinion is invalid. Right.


    Black journalist being black means his opinion trumps differing opinions. Right.

    #8 6 years ago
  9. Shatner


    #9 6 years ago

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