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    Stanford Professor Says Dungeons & Dragons Perpetuates ‘White Male Privilege’



    There is virtually nothing left that isn’t racist. Now a Stanford professor has decided to claim that the role-playing game called “Dungeons and Dragons” perpetuates a white male privilege.

    Missing the fact that the creator of Dungeons and Dragons often left his daughter play the game with him to test it out, Standford University Professor Antero Garcia argues in an academic journal article that the popular game perpetuates systems of privilege in both race and gender.

    According to Breitbart, Garcia argues that Dungeons and Dragons encourages a distrust of the “other.” It’s a weird focus for a Stanford scholar, especially since Garcia concedes that race in Dungeons & Dragons is not much like race in the real world. In the game, the characters are divided by their species. Some characters are elves, some are dwarves, and some are halflings, according to Garcia.

    The article’s abstract states:

    This article takes a cultural-historical approach to analyzing how systems shape the assumptions, identities, and experiences of their users. Focusing on how the tabletop role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons is built on a system of play that has grown and shifted over the course of 40 years, this study emphasizes the central role that systems play in mediating the experiences of participants. By focusing on depictions of gender, race, and power in Dungeons & Dragons—as a singular cultural practice—this study highlights how researchers must attend to cultural production both around and within systems.

    But that’s not all. Garcia’s 16-page article focuses on the representation of women in the game. According to Garica’s own research, by 2014, more than half of the game’s depicted characters are female. But according to the same article, Garcia’s ultimate wish is to see Dungeons & Dragons move beyond its problematic past into a more diverse and inclusive future.

    So there you have it. Even though half the characters are female, and include elves, and dwarves, and halflings and the like, Dungeons and Dragons is not inclusive enough, and therefore, perpetuates white male privileges.
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    Church people used try to ban D&D because they thought it led to Satanism or the occult. The writers took out the demons and pagan gods for a while but then they came back - badder then ever!

    But players of the game can have in it whatever they like. Political correctness cannot reach everywhere.

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    I have not played it since I was in I think grade 8 or 7, but I do remember the churches going crazy over it. It made me laugh because I thought " they don't want people to believe in elves and dwarves", I did not think about the demons and monsters.

    It is ridiculous how social justice warriors look for racism in every little thing.
    Life is like a fire hydrant- sometimes you help people put out their fires, but most of the time you just get peed on by every dog in the neighborhood.

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    There's research & then there's "research". White privilege is the big thing now. 5 years ago his "research" would have never been published.

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    I had played D&D at the age of probably 14-15 years in the 1980s.

    One brother of mine brought one of his classmates who owned such a game kit.

    I had two characters :
    Hobbit named Frodo Frogfoot and a Cleric named Malcolm Matthew.

    Then tried to move on with Middle Earth Role Playing game MERP ( MERS in German ).
    Even ordered English written adventure from local book merchant.
    Tried to translate "Moria" into German language using typewriter old fashioned.
    Learned a little bit about variety of stones.

    In the end these RPG did not stamped anything usefull to my life and were a waste of time, money and other resources.

    If my brother would not have brought his classmate home, I probably would not have played RPGs at all.


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    JRR Tolkiens books are also racist, using stereotypes for Easterlings and Harad-Negroes on war-elephants fighting
    for the evil Sauron .

    When will we hear of that ?
    Never !
    Because ?
    He refused the Nazi-Germans .
    Why is the media and university industry bigoted ?
    Unfortunately because of subjective felt jewish influence .


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    A German copy-cat of D&D had been "Das Schwarze Auge" at that time .

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    If D&D still produces today, it could use this scream of this academic or whatever Garcia is to
    create new races and skills to sell in Asia, Africa, South-America for example.

    Even a Jewish Makabäus would be imaginable as freedom-fighter-ninja throwing 6-pointed throwing stars.
    And of course would probably die in the desert refusing to eat camel meat ...
    And therefore seeking homestead far away from deserts.

    There would be room for lots of stereotypes , classes , skills .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uwe Jens Lornsen View Post
    In the end these RPG did not stamped anything usefull to my life and were a waste of time, money and other resources.

    If my brother would not have brought his classmate home, I probably would not have played RPGs at all.
    Why were they a waste, if they gave you entertainment? They can be educational as well, stimulating interest in history, mythology and geography.

    If D&D still produces today, it could use this scream of this academic or whatever Garcia is to
    create new races and skills to sell in Asia, Africa, South-America for example.

    Even a Jewish Makabäus would be imaginable as freedom-fighter-ninja throwing 6-pointed throwing stars.
    And of course would probably die in the desert refusing to eat camel meat ...
    And therefore seeking homestead far away from deserts.

    There would be room for lots of stereotypes , classes , skills .
    They had Oriental Adventures years ago: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oriental_Adventures

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    Interest in history had been always there in me,
    but in Germany you can not earn a living on German history
    with good consciousness because if you even omitt the 12-year realm then
    there is just garbage left : Poles lost their nation, Poles were Germans it appears
    and could travel and settle everywhere in the Prussian Realm.
    Templars genocided Batlic people forcing this crappy Jewish Anti-Jewish Christanity on these;
    just the First Crusade had been successfull and all these attempted glories.

    The governments of all our forefathers were incompetents .
    Never learned to navigate; they may had been leaders without navigator
    always crushed by riffs.
    Redbeard Friedrich Barbarossa could be considered a leader,
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