Tuesday, November 18, 2008

D&D and Race

Via Ta-Nehisi Coates, this is a lengthy and detailed look at the underlying assumptions about race that exist in the world of Dungeons and Dragons. Chris van Dyke is (as quickly becomes apparent) intimately familiar with the game and tackles some obvious and not-so-obvious assumptions about race that are made by the creators of the game. I'd be inclined to say that van Dyke overplays his hand to an extent, but his essay finishes strongly by quoting from white supremacists who also see the racial aspects of the game...and strongly approve of them.

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