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Author Topic: D&D Promotes Race Essentialism?  (Read 3374 times)

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D&D Promotes Race Essentialism?
« on: April 03, 2022, 01:18:47 AM »
Clayton Whittle (He/Him) Learning Designer, Game Designer, and Design Researcher, Phd candidate at Penn State University, claims “Racial essentialism is, at its core, the idea that racial identity determines the path we take in life,”.

“In the most egregious of real world examples, we can point to the absolutely disgusting practices of scientific racism, the pseudoscientific pursuit of empirical evidence that one ethnicity can be biologically inferior to another,” he continued.

https://boundingintocomics.com/2022/03/25/north-american-simulation-and-gaming-association-author-claims-dungeons-dragons-promotes-race-essentialism-because-humans-cannot-realistically-imagine-a-completely-disconnected-reality/


Original paper:
https://archive.ph/2PSiD

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Re: D&D Promotes Race Essentialism?
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2022, 03:37:45 PM »
Most definitely +2 or -2 to attribute is enough to determine fate and path of all race.
I mean obviously dwarven bard is impossible, as they have -2 Cha, simmilarily orc wizard with Int penalty - c'est impossible.

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Re: D&D Promotes Race Essentialism?
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2022, 03:39:55 PM »
Another article questions this narrative: https://areomagazine.com/2022/02/04/evil-orcs-accusations-of-racism-in-dungeons-and-dragons/

It seems humans really can imagine a completely disconnected reality, even if we don't want to.

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Re: D&D Promotes Race Essentialism?
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2022, 04:06:16 PM »
Let's hope this guy never reads any fairy tales.

Of course he can then write more "studies" that claim things like "aging non-males have significant chances to abusing children, including cannibalism, child trafficking, child-slavery, and abuse by making them live in shoes."


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Re: D&D Promotes Race Essentialism?
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2022, 04:49:52 PM »
Clayton Whittle (He/Him) Learning Designer, Game Designer, and Design Researcher, Phd candidate at Penn State University, claims “Racial essentialism is, at its core, the idea that racial identity determines the path we take in life,”.

“In the most egregious of real world examples, we can point to the absolutely disgusting practices of scientific racism, the pseudoscientific pursuit of empirical evidence that one ethnicity can be biologically inferior to another,” he continued.

https://boundingintocomics.com/2022/03/25/north-american-simulation-and-gaming-association-author-claims-dungeons-dragons-promotes-race-essentialism-because-humans-cannot-realistically-imagine-a-completely-disconnected-reality/


Original paper:
https://archive.ph/2PSiD


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Re: D&D Promotes Race Essentialism?
« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2022, 05:04:40 PM »
Clayton Whittle (He/Him) Learning Designer, Game Designer, and Design Researcher, Phd candidate at Penn State University, claims “Racial essentialism is, at its core, the idea that racial identity determines the path we take in life,”.

“In the most egregious of real world examples, we can point to the absolutely disgusting practices of scientific racism, the pseudoscientific pursuit of empirical evidence that one ethnicity can be biologically inferior to another,” he continued.

This guy is going to absolutely lose his mind when he gets to the Class chapter:

"Class identity determines the path we take in life"
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Re: D&D Promotes Race Essentialism?
« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2022, 06:05:46 PM »
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Racial essentialism is, at its core, the idea that racial identity determines the path we take in life,” began Whittle.

Doesn't that mean that CRT is racial essentialism?

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Re: D&D Promotes Race Essentialism?
« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2022, 07:25:59 PM »
Clayton Whittle (He/Him) Learning Designer, Game Designer, and Design Researcher, Phd candidate at Penn State University, claims “Racial essentialism is, at its core, the idea that racial identity determines the path we take in life,”.

“In the most egregious of real world examples, we can point to the absolutely disgusting practices of scientific racism, the pseudoscientific pursuit of empirical evidence that one ethnicity can be biologically inferior to another,” he continued.

https://boundingintocomics.com/2022/03/25/north-american-simulation-and-gaming-association-author-claims-dungeons-dragons-promotes-race-essentialism-because-humans-cannot-realistically-imagine-a-completely-disconnected-reality/


Original paper:
https://archive.ph/2PSiD


I thought that Penn State made sub sandwiches......

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Re: D&D Promotes Race Essentialism?
« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2022, 07:42:37 PM »
Clayton Whittle (He/Him) Learning Designer, Game Designer, and Design Researcher, Phd candidate at Penn State University, claims “Racial essentialism is, at its core, the idea that racial identity determines the path we take in life,”.

“In the most egregious of real world examples, we can point to the absolutely disgusting practices of scientific racism, the pseudoscientific pursuit of empirical evidence that one ethnicity can be biologically inferior to another,” he continued.

https://boundingintocomics.com/2022/03/25/north-american-simulation-and-gaming-association-author-claims-dungeons-dragons-promotes-race-essentialism-because-humans-cannot-realistically-imagine-a-completely-disconnected-reality/


Original paper:
https://archive.ph/2PSiD


I thought that Penn State made sub sandwiches......



The way things are going, the graduates are only fit to make sandwiches.

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Re: D&D Promotes Race Essentialism?
« Reply #9 on: April 03, 2022, 07:44:03 PM »
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"I do not want to create a story, I want to create a stage. The player characters will perform on that stage and interact with the setting. When the players talk to their friends about what their characters did, then there will be a story."

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Re: D&D Promotes Race Essentialism?
« Reply #10 on: April 04, 2022, 12:37:29 AM »
Pronouns in bio, opinion disregarded. 100% accurate way to disregard idiots.

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Re: D&D Promotes Race Essentialism?
« Reply #11 on: April 04, 2022, 02:12:33 AM »
The way things are going, the graduates are only fit to make sandwiches.

I wish this were true. Sadly corporations are creating homes for these people in "fairness & equity" departments to spread their misery on their employees and the rest of society. Well paid I might add.

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Re: D&D Promotes Race Essentialism?
« Reply #12 on: April 04, 2022, 02:13:42 AM »
Pronouns in Bio, opinions discarded.

I know, right?

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Re: D&D Promotes Race Essentialism?
« Reply #13 on: April 04, 2022, 08:02:54 AM »
The way things are going, the graduates are only fit to make sandwiches.

I wish this were true. Sadly corporations are creating homes for these people in "fairness & equity" departments to spread their misery on their employees and the rest of society. Well paid I might add.
However, it's the same problem those gender studies graduates have; there are only so many positions and departments to staff. And they are resource drains on the company.

But yeah, in the interim the wokeists will hire other wokeists to keep parasitizing the productives.

That being said... I wonder if they know that you can roll up non-optimal race/class combinations and still have fun with them?

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Re: D&D Promotes Race Essentialism?
« Reply #14 on: April 04, 2022, 08:52:31 AM »
   Maybe this guy should turn his incredibly analytical and scholarly mind towards the NFL and NBA to point out what a fallacy those sorts of ideas are instead of a fantasy RPG.