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Racism in Resident Evil 5

I have been hearing a lot of talk about racism in the new Resident Evil. Capcom making a racist game just doesn’t make sense to me. I mean, they made Street Fighter. Street Fighter takes place in many different countries, with many different kinds people. Unless they are trying to make Resident Evil into a bad ‘B’ horror movie, it doesn’t make sense to have something that would cause people to think it is racist.

While I was at the local Play ‘N’ Trade recently it happened to be Resident Evil Friday. Play ‘N’ Trade allows you to play the games before you buy them, and I wanted to see what was considered so racist about it. How bad could it be?

The game takes place in Africa and you play as Chris Redfield. Yes, Chris is a Caucasian. Chris also is destroying “infected persons.” Since you are in Africa, the infected will be mostly dark-skinned people. That was the concern of Newsweek editor N’Gai Croal: A white man killing dark skinned zombies.  He stated, “There was a lot of imagery in that trailer that dovetailed with classic racist imagery.”

The imagery that he was referring to was the RE 5 trailer that was released when the game was announced. He didn’t know that it took place in Africa but he did acknowledge that he only came to this conclusion shortly after the preview was released.

Seeing that Chris Redfield is fluent only in killing zombies and “infected” persons, Capcom decided that Chris needs a partner. Since Jill is dead, Capcom introduced Sheva Alomar, a native to the country. You can either have a friend pick up another controller or just let the A.I. take over.

I played the game until Sheva died by a chainsaw wielding “infected.” I realized then that racism was in Resident Evil. Thanks to Resident Evil and Left 4 Dead, I am now racist against all zombies. I don’t care what race they were before they were became zombies. Even “infected” people – living zombies – I am beginning to dislike. In fact, I am so racist about zombies and living zombies that I believe that they should all die.

All of them except for Stubbs. He isn’t like the rest of them.

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03 2009