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Borderlands 2 Racism Discussion

Kotaku has a running summary of an discussion taking place over twitter over whether the Tiny Tina character in Borderlands 2 is racist, based on the white character's use of clichéd African-American slang. Some have expressed the opinion that this is "verbal blackface," and after originally resisting, lead writer Anthony Burch moved on to try to expand the discussion to see if he needed to re-work the character's dialog in future releases. Randy Pitchford's take on this is that it's not racist as long as it was not written by a racist: "@reverendanthony tina is not racist because you are not racist. You're a pillar of tolerance and inclusion." Thanks nin.

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138. Re: Borderlands 2 Racism Discussion Feb 7, 2013, 10:23 Verno
 
RollinThundr wrote on Feb 7, 2013, 09:43:
No kidding, that's why you need to work hard to attain said opportunities. Life isn't easy, and it never will be easy, it's going to be harder for some to get ahead, I'm not missing the point. I just don't have a bleeding heart for everyone who doesn't have everything they want.

You can't solve every societal problem with a platitude about hard work, sorry, we're talking about things that go beyond individual effort and gumption. I'm probably more right leaning than you are and definitely not a bleeding heart, I just recognize we're a varied society in many ways including race. If we don't take care to recognize and understand circumstances affecting others and continue with the deceit that paranoid, self-interested capitalism and "hard work" is all that matters then we're going to continue ending up on the sidelines watching others govern.
 
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